Select Committee on Treasury Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questins 298-299)



  Q298 Chairman: Could I welcome you back to the Sub-Committee? Perhaps you could formally identify yourself for the shorthand writer?

  Angela Eagle: I am Angela Eagle, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

  Q299  Chairman: When Karen Dunnell gave evidence to us last week, she said that ONS had identified two areas for additional funding where she needed extra money straight away. One was the census and the other was the improvement of migration statistics. How much do ministers think she needs for each of those two things?

  Angela Eagle: The settlement for the ONS and the new Statistics Board, which you will be aware is five years, not three, has been done outwith the normal CSR process and did provide a generous settlement, certainly when you compare it to the other Chancellor's departments for this. It provided extra money for work on migration statistics and regional statistics particularly, developing more accurate measures of gross value added at regional level. There is already some scope in the settlement that has been made but on top of that the work that Karen has done, particularly on the proposed fourth page of the census, we all agree would cost about £25 million and some extra for changes to migration statistics on top of the additional millions that were put in the CSR settlement, so it is of that kind of order.

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