TITLE OF THE NATIONAL STATISTICIAN
77. The Government proposes changing the title of
the National Statistician to 'Chief Statistician'.
Several witnesses remarked that the title of Chief Statistician
is currently given to junior members of the Senior Civil Service
(SCS). The Society
of Business Economists argued:
It should be possible to find a more appropriate
title than the proposed 'Chief Statistician', given the long history
of such nomenclature being used for the lowest level of Government
Statistical Service senior management.
78. The senior statistician of the Scottish Executive
and the senior statistician of the Welsh Assembly, both SCS Grade
5, are titled Chief Statistician. In Northern Ireland the senior
statistician is titled 'Chief Executive' at SCS Grade 3.
The Director of the ONS is a permanent secretary and is therefore
employed at SCS Grade 1.
79. The National Statistician told us that she would
"rather stick" with her existing title, given that the
title of Chief Statistician was already in use across Government
departments and in the devolved administrations. She felt that
an identical title would be "quite puzzling to people".
The RSS felt that the proposed change was no more than cosmetic,
commenting that "there are things which need to change. Let
us not fiddle with things that do not".
We recommend that the title
'National Statistician' be retained.