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Statistical Returns

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in the Official Report each formal demand for statistical returns made by his Department to local authorities in England giving details of the information collected and the use to which it is put in 1979–80, 1980–81 and 1981–82.

No. The information could not be provided without undue cost. The Department's statistical requirements from local authorities were examined in 1980 as part of the "Review of Government Statistical Service" by Sir Derek Rayner, and a copy is available in the Library. A further review of the costs of the information requirements for local authority finance, covering all statistical returns from central Government to local authorities, is in progress.