§ MR. HUMPHREYS - OWEN (Montgomeryshire)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether the preliminary abstract of the census for England and Wales (Parliamentary Paper, Cd. 616) is sufficiently accurate to be acted upon by public bodies in cases when their action has to be based upon the population of any district, as ascertained by the last census for the time being; and can he say when it is probable that the detailed abstract will be laid before Parliament, as required by Section 8 (3) of the Census (Great Britain) Act, 1900.
§ MR. GRANT LAWSON
I have communicated with the Registrar-General, who informs me that the preliminary abstract of the census is found in the majority of cases to be accurate within narrow limits, but that no universal 1292 guarantee can be given. The detailed abstract for London has already been published, and I understand that those for Lancashire and Yorkshire are in a forward state of preparation. The Returns for the remaining counties will follow in order of population.