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Written Statement - Publication of the General Report of the 2011 Census by the UK Statistics Authority

Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance and Government Business

The Welsh Government wishes to acknowledge that the General Report of the 2011 Census has been published. The General Report is the official, and comprehensive, account of the 2011 Census in England and Wales. It reviews the entire census operation from the early consultation and planning stages, through the field activities and data processing, including the post-back of questionnaires and the full adjustment of the census counts, to the production and dissemination of outputs and evaluation.  It provides a wealth of detail about how the census was carried out across England and Wales and what lessons have been learned to take forward in the plans for the 2021 Census.

This General Report is being laid before the Houses of Parliament by the UK Statistics Authority pursuant to the Census Act 1920 and I wanted to also ensure it was brought to the attention of Assembly Members. The report is aimed at both the experienced and occasional user of census data, but it is hoped the wider public may also find the Report useful and informative.

This is a link to the report:
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/census/2011/index.html

My officials are now working closely with the Office for National Statistics as they develop plans for the 2021 Census and beyond.