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House of Commons Hansard
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25 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the schedule is for printing 2011 Census forms; and how many Census forms she expects to be printed in each month from March 2011 to the date of the Census. [323448]

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Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As the Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the schedule is for printing 2011 Census forms; and how many census forms are expected to be printed in each month from March 2010 to the date of the census. (323448)

Initial printing of the questionnaires is running from March 2010 to July 2010 and once this is complete a second process of overprinting will begin, during which the barcodes, unique identifiers and internet access codes will be printed onto each questionnaire.

Current expectations are that for the initial printing stage the numbers of questionnaires printed each month will be approximately:

Million

March 2010

8

April 2010

9

May 2010

9

June 2010

10

July 2010

3

During August 2010 ONS will be undertaking testing processes and undertaking further quality assurance of the processing procedures.

Once the initial printing process is complete a second process of overprinting will begin, during which the barcodes, unique identifiers and internet access codes will be printed onto each questionnaire. This process will run from July 2010 until March 2011.

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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what methodology will be used to count (a) people in immigration removal centres and (b) asylum seekers in the 2011 Census. [323453]

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Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As the Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what methodology will be used to count (a) people in immigration removal centres and (b) asylum seekers in the 2011 Census. (323453)

ONS will count those people in immigration removal centres in the same manner as it will count people in prison. ONS have liaised with the Ministry of Justice to develop procedures for enumerating prisoners, and are currently in discussion with the UK Borders Agency to extend this planning to cover immigration removal centres.

Specially trained field staff will visit such establishments and work with the management to ensure that census returns are made in respect of all inmates. Three prisons were included in the 2009 Census Rehearsal to ensure that plans for the 2011 Census are effective and practical.

Where asylum seekers are living in the community, Census field staff will not know whether or not they are asylum seekers, and the census questionnaire will not seek this information. Such people will be enumerated via a combination of special enumeration and general enumeration procedures dependent on their length of intended residence and their place of residence. Both language support and translation services will be available. In addition, field staff will have received specific training in how to best encourage people to complete a questionnaire and deal with refusals. There will also be a tailored publicity and communications strategy to accompany this.

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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 987W, on Census, (1) what the quantified discounted benefit is of the additional questions contained in the 2011 Census; [323568]

(2) what the quantified discounted benefit was of the (a) 1991 and (b) 2011 Census exercises in real terms, adjusting for inflation and population growth.

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Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As the Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) I have been asked to reply to your recent questions asking, pursuant to the Answer to the Rt. Hon. Member for Horsham of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 987W, on Census, what the quantified discounted benefit is of the additional questions contained in the 2011 Census, (323568); and pursuant to the Answer to the Rt. Hon. Member for Horsham of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 987W on Census, what the quantified discounted benefit was of the (a) 1991 and (b) 2011 Census exercises in real terms, adjusting for inflation and population growth. (323569)

The quantified discounted benefit has only been calculated for the 2011 Census programme as a whole, specific figures for the net increase of 6 individual questions per person (with no increase in household questions), have not been calculated in financial terms. However, the uses of each question have been extensively explored and well documented. Reports into the development and the uses of the questions for the 2011 Census are available to download on the ONS website.

http://www.ons.gov.uk/census/2011-census/2011-census-questionnaire-content/question-and-content-recommendations-for-2011/index.html

As explained in the previous answer referred to in your question, the quantified discounted benefit for the 2011 Census has been estimated to be circa £750 million, however these benefits only relate to an estimated half of the uses of census data of which ONS is aware and so this figure is considered to be a very significant under-estimate.

This is the first time that quantified, discounted benefits have been calculated for a census therefore no figures exist for the 1991 or 2001 Censuses.

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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office over what geographic area the estimated £482 million expenditure on the 2011 Census is to be incurred. [324022]

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Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As the Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking over what geographic area the estimated £482 million expenditure on the 2011 Census is to be incurred. (324022)

This figure is the cost estimated by ONS to cover the undertaking of the 2011 Census in England and Wales.