Letter from the Office for National Statistics
to the Treasury Sub-Committee
I would like to thank you and the Committee
for the recent opportunity to discuss the 2011 Census Programme.
We were impressed with the knowledge demonstrated by the Committee
and found their questions insightful and focused on a number of
issues that the ONS teams have been working on over the past year.
As you are aware, the Test Census in 2007 is
scheduled for 13 May and will assist in clarifying a number of
the design and operational aspects ahead of the Field Rehearsal
in 2009, and eventually the full Census in 2011. We thought therefore
that the Committee might welcome a briefing in the Autumn on the
outcome of the Test, as well as a more detailed briefing on the
plans. Activities and approach going forward.
We agreed at the meeting on 21 February that
we would forward the papers from the recent OGC review of the
2011 Census, as well as the previous Gateway reviews. The November
report from the Gateway Review 2a and some recent correspondence
with the OGC in respect of the joint assurance plans for 2007
and the agreement on the points raised in the November report
have now been forwarded.*