HC Deb 07 July 1969 vol 786 c163W
40. Sir E. Errington

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why a 12-page foolscap questionnaire is required for the 1969 Test Census; and under what method the choice of those selected to answer the 1969 Test Census was made.

Mr. Crossman

One of the objects of the test was to discover whether the booklet form of schedule would be more convenient than a single sheet. Preliminary assessment suggests that it is unlikely to be used in the census. Six whole areas were selected for the test, different enough from one another to represent a wide range of circumstances. Additionally, in a multi-stage stratified random sample of addresses throughout England and Scotland some 2,000 householders were invited to complete the schedule and discuss any difficulties with trained interviewers.