HC Deb 28 November 2002 vol 395 cc460-1W
Mr. Battle

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the detailed census data and analysis will be available. [83484]

Ruth Kelly

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. John Battle, dated 28 November 2002: As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking when the detailed census data and analysis will be publicly available. (83484) The first detailed results— the Key Statistics for Local Authorities— are planned to be released in a report to Parliament on 13 February 2003. The report will present a selection of summary statistics covering the whole range of census topics. The information will also be available from the ONS website Further output, presenting more detailed results including those for smaller areas will follow in a series of reports and other products over a subsequent period of 32 weeks. Reports to Parliament for England and Wales will give results for local authorities, health authorities, Parliamentary Constituencies, urban and rural areas, and regions, with additional bi-lingual reports for Wales. These will present results in a succinct printed form, also available and supplemented by more detailed results on CD ROMs included with some printed volumes, with software for viewing and manipulation. Electronic versions will also be placed on the ONS Website—www.statistics.gov.uk and will accessible to all without charge. Results for small areas which will comprise the bulk of output, will be in the form of standard local statistics issued as an integrated set of statistics, geography and metadata free at the point of use, and again via the ONS website and other means.