THE PARLIAMENTARY PROCESS
The following is a record of the Parliamentary
4 March 1999
Publication of White Paper setting out the wording
of the questions proposed in England and Wales, in Scotland, and
in Northern Ireland. The proposals for topics were the culmination
of an extensive period of consultation.
25 April 1999
Census Rehearsal carried out in representative
areas of England and Wales.
2 February 2000
Census Order debated by House of Commons Committee.
16 February 2000
Census Order debated in House of Lords.
15 March 2000
Census Order made by Privy Council.
6 June 2000
Census Forms (without religion question) laid
before Parliament as part of Census Regulations. No MP or Peer
27 June 2000
Regulations came into force.
27 July 2000
Census (Amendment) Bill (providing for question
on religion) received successful Report and Third Reading in House
28 July 2000
Census (Amendment) Act 2000 given Royal Assent.
25 October 2000
Census (Amendment) Order laid before Parliament.
No objections made.
13 December 2000
Census (Amendment) Order made by Privy Council.
21 December 2000
Revised Census forms with the religion question
laid before Parliament as part of the Amendment Regulations.
11 January 2001
Amendment Regulations came into force.