Extract from a letter from Professor David
Rhind, Chairman of the Statistics Commission
The committee might wish to be aware of some
current and imminent developments in our work. I appreciate that
the committee will not want to be inundated with documents at
this time but I would like to draw your attention to five specific
A report Managing the Quality
of Official Statistics that we are publishing on 26 Octoberan
advance copy of which we are sending to you today.
A short synopsis that we have provided
to the Committee on Standards in Public Life ahead of a meeting
on 27 October (enclosed).
To be aware that we will be making
available for comment a draft report entitled PSA Targets:
The Devil in the Detail which considers the statistical foundations
of each of the existing PSA targets. This is a substantial and
detailed report but we will assume that you would wish to see
it and we will therefore deliver a copy to you at the earliest
possible date, we expect that to be 28 October.
We have recently conducted a survey
of the views of people who the Statistics Commission has dealings
withabout our effectiveness and impact. We are currently
analysing the results and will seek to make a summary available
ahead of our appearance at the TSC. We are aiming for 28 October.
A copy of the letter that I sent
to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 27 September. This
letter outlines the issues that the Statistics Commission would
like to see addressed in the forthcoming review of the Framework
for National Statistics. The letter is available on our web site
but you might nonetheless find it helpful to have the enclosed
21 October 2005
1 Each of these five items is available at the Statistics
Commission's website, www.statscom.org.uk Back