Mr. John M. Taylor
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2001,Official Report, column 565W, on Census 2001, what proportion ofhouseholders' questionnaire forms for the 1971 to 1991 census have been destroyed. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.101W
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. John M. Taylor, dated February 2001:As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what proportion of householders questionnaire forms for the 1971 to 1991 censuses have been destroyed (149785).The Census returns for the censuses from 1971 to 1991 are in my custody and none have been destroyed.