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Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research has been undertaken into the levels of public confidence in Government statistics in the last 10 years. (318124)

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

Letter from Sir Michael Scholar KCB, dated April 2010:

As Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what research has been undertaken into the levels of public confidence in Government statistics in the last 10 years [318124].

There have been three surveys of public confidence in official statistics undertaken in the last ten years, in 2004, 2005 and 2007. Detailed analyses of the results of these surveys are available at the following links:

2004 survey:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/data/public_confidence/downloads/BritishOfficialStat.pdf

2005 survey:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/data/public_confidence/downloads/OmnibusMarch05.pdf

2007 survey:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/data/public_confidence/downloads/pcos_2007.pdf

Additional information about public confidence in official statistics and the surveys is available at the following link:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=13967

The UK Statistics Authority expects to publish the results of an updated survey of public confidence in official statistics, and related analysis, later this year.