HC Deb 27 July 1993 vol 229 c799W
Mr. Roy Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the methods used in the compiling of employment statistics.

Miss Widdecombe

A thorough review of the methods used in compiling employment statistics was conducted by the Department in 1988. As a result, my predecessors authorised a number of initiatives to improve the quality of the statistics. These included the introduction of a quarterly labour force survey in 1992; the first full census of employers for 12 years, in September this year; and the co-development with the Central Statistical Office of a new register of businesses which will be fully operational in 1995.

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