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National Statistics

Volume 712: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Royal Statistical Society's 2009 Vision for National Statistics and the workings to date of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and the UK Statistics Authority.[HL4916]

The Government are committed to statistical reform and, through legislation, have created the UK Statistics Authority to take forward this reform.

The Government recognise the authority's notable achievements during its first year and look forward to its first annual report, detailing what it has achieved so far as well as what it intends to achieve in the coming year.

The Government have committed to assessing the impact of the new pre-release arrangements, a year after they have been in place. Government are also considering when and whether it is appropriate to review the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, as is customary for all new primary legislation.

There is a key role for Parliament in scrutinising the work of the Statistics Authority and the Public Administration Select Committee has held several witness sessions already on official statistics. There are also regular debates in the House of Lords.

The Royal Statistical Society is a key stakeholder in statistical reform, playing a key role in the public debate on statistical issues. Government welcome the commitment made by the society to continue to play an active role in the debate over official statistics in their recent publication 2009 Vision for National Statistics.