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Statistics: Pre-release Access

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

My honourable friend the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury (Angela Eagle) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

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 the House. 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.