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Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the National Statistician and the Statistics Authority will next review the NHS quarterly waiting time statistics. (202769)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Michael Scholar, dated 9 May 2008:

As chair of the UK Statistics Authority, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking when the National Statistician and the Statistics Authority will next review the NHS quarterly waiting time statistics. (202769)

The UK Statistics Authority took responsibility for oversight of the UK official statistics system on 1st April 2008. The Authority has just appointed a Head of Assessment, a statutory post, whose holder will be responsible for the assessment and designation of all National Statistics against a Code of Practice for Statistics. The UK Statistics Authority will consider when and how these statistics should be assessed on the advice of the Head of Assessment, once that advice is available.