HC Deb 09 March 1944 vol 397 c2208W
Captain Pluģ ģe

asked the Minister of Health how long after the war is to be allowed for the resettlement of the population, military and civilian, before the next census takes place.

Mr. Willink

It is not at present possible to foresee by what future date the population, military and civilian, will have become re-settled under normally stable conditions. The value of a census depends in many respects upon the stability of the population when the census is taken; though I do not exclude the possibility of a special census if the need becomes acute. About a year and a half, however, is required for preparations, which include the recruitment and instruction of some 60,000 enumerators. Normally, the full value of a census depends upon its place in a decennial or quinquennial series synchronising with Dominions and international practice in census taking.