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Pre-Release Access to Statistics

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

Jointly with the Cabinet Office, I am today publishing “Limiting Pre-Release Access to Statistics: a Consultation Document”, copies of which have been deposited in the Libraries of both Houses. This fulfils the commitment I made to Parliament on 2 July that the Government will consult publicly on the rules and principles for pre-release access to official statistics in their final form.

The consultation document sets out how, as a part of the Governance of Britain programme of constitutional renewal, the Government are proposing to tighten the rules and principles under which pre-release access can be granted.

The Government welcome views on the proposals set out in the consultation document by 3 March 2008. The consultation responses will be used to inform the rules and principles for pre-release access that will then be laid before Parliament by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for approval under the affirmative procedure.