You asked

​Would it be possible for you to provide me with the statistics of the Chinese population in the various London boroughs between 1950s to 1990s? Moreover, data regarding British Chinese who applied and received council/public housing during the 1950s-1990s, please?

We said

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

A question on ethnic group was first asked in the 1991 Census. We are therefore only able to provide population figures for usual residents of the London Boroughs who recorded their ethnicity as Chinese for that year.

The table attached gives ethnic group by tenure for the London Boroughs as recorded in the 1991 Census. The tabs 'Rented from Housing Association' and 'Rented from LA', column J on both tabs, is where to locate the data for those identifying themselves as Chinese living in council/public housing.

We are unable to provide data about applications for council/public housing as applications would have been made to the relevant London Borough and not to us, here at the ONS.

More data from the 1991 Census pertaining to the Chinese ethnic group may be found on the Nomis website at

If you require any further information please contact us by email at