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Access to Statistics

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

On 10 December 2007 the Government published its consultation document “Limiting Pre-Release Access to Statistics”. The consultation ran over 12 weeks and closed on 3 March 2008. The Government proposed to tighten the rules under which pre-release access can be granted by:

reducing pre-release access to a maximum of 24 hours;

reducing the number of statistics to which pre-release access is granted to a minimum; and

reducing the number of people to whom pre-release access is granted to a minimum.

The Government are grateful for the responses they received to the consultation, which they found helpful in refining and developing their proposals.

The Government are taking forward its proposals and will shortly lay the Pre- Release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008 before Parliament for approval by resolution of each House of Parliament.

I am pleased to announce the publication of the Government’s response to the consultation, “Limiting Pre-release Access to Statistics: the Government’s response to the consultation exercise”.

Copies of this report have been placed in the Libraries of the House. The report is also available on the Cabinet Office website at www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/consultations.