[Source: “2011 Census, Key Statistics for Local Authorities in England and Wales”, ONS (published 11 December 2012)]
In March 2011, the population of England and Wales was 56.1 million, a seven per cent (3.7 million) increase since 2001.
In 2011, 86 per cent of the population (48.2 million) stated that their ethnicity is White
[Also see Full Fact’s recent article on same-sex marriage]
How many civil partnerships have there been in the UK since the Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force?
The total number of civil partnerships formed in the UK since the act came into force (up to the end of 2011) is 53,417. [Source: “Civil Partnerships in the UK, 2011”, ONS, published 31 July 2012]
[Also see Full Fact’s recent article on the facts behind the drugs debate]
Has there been an increase or decrease in drug use?
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