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Non-European Ethnic Minorities

Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether it is intended to estimate the size of minorities of non-European ethnic origin; if so, how; and how accurate these estimates will be.

In the absence of an ethnic question in the 1981 census, the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys will estimate the size of the ethnic minorities by reference to a variety of sources, in particular sample survey, in conjunction with other information from the 1981 census. The estimates will provide broad orders of magnitude at national and regional level.