London, Sep 24 (ANI): A total of 7,25,000 Brits are either gays or bisexuals, the first ever official figures have revealed.
The groundbreaking nationwide survey reveals 480,000 adults describe themselves as homosexuals, just one in 100, whereas another 245,000, one in 200, are bisexual.
The findings demolish claims by gay campaigners that up to one in ten people in Britain are homosexual.
Astonishingly, 1.4 million people, three per cent of adults, say they don't know about their sexual orientation.A Government report in 2005 estimated that up to 3.6million people, six percent of the population, were gay.
But a massive survey of more than 450,000 people by the Office for National Statistics has now denied previously estimated figures.
Family groups today said the figures raised serious questions about the millions of pounds of taxpayers' cash spent on gay causes.
"This survey suggests that previous estimates of 6-9 per cent are wide of the mark and that the number of people who say they are gay, lesbian or bisexual is far smaller than the government and gay rights activists would have us believe," the Sun quoted Norman Wells, director of Family Education Trust, as saying.
However, gay campaigners claimed the figures underestimated the number of homosexuals in Britain.
"This is the first time that people were asked and data collection happened on their doorsteps or over the phone, which may deter people from giving accurate responses - particularly if someone isn't out at home," Stonewall spokeswoman Ruth Hunt concluded. (ANI)