Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Pre Release Question 4

Question 4
Q4) Why might the population increase in the 1950s and 1960s have been greater than the increases in the 1970s ?

A4) Think of social events and changes once again:

1939-1945: WWII, followed by soldiers returning home
1940's: Ten Pound Poms (check out this Wikipedia article)
1978: Lousie Brown born - what was special about her ? - see this BBC NEWS article
1961: Contraceptive Pill introduced on NHS

Have you heard of the BABY BOOM ?
1950's: Baby Boom (an American term)

Increased disposable income in 1950s
1957: McMillan (who was the Prime Minister at the time) made a famous speech when he said that the population of the UK had "never had it so good"

Check out the website of the TOMORROW PROJECT.
National Statistics Website & their SOCIAL TRENDS 2007 document

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