Governance of official statistics: redefining the dual role UK Statistics Authority; and re-evaluating the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007: The UK Statistics Authority response to the Committee’s Eighteenth Report

Sixteenth Special Report

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee published its Eighteenth Report of Session 2017–19, Governance of official statistics: redefining the dual role of the UK Statistics Authority; and re-evaluating the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (HC 1820) on 18 July 2019. The responses from UK Statistics Authority, Office for Statistics Regulation and Government Statistical Service (GSS) and Office for National Statistics (ONS) and a accompanying letter from Sir David Norgrove, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority were received on 9 September 2019 and are appended below.

Appendix 1: Letter from Sir David Norgrove, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority

Dear Sir Bernard,

I write to offer the UK Statistics Authority response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee report on ‘Governance of official statistics: redefining the dual role of the UK Statistics Authority; and re-evaluating the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.’

The Authority thanks the Committee for this report and its recommendations. The following note lays out our response and appended to this are two further responses: one from Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation, on behalf of the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR), and another from Jonathan Athow, interim National Statistician, on behalf of the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Committee’s report comes at an exciting time for the Authority, with the newly-appointed National Statistician, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, due to take office on 22 October. In parallel, the Authority is also developing its next strategy, to follow on from Better Statistics, Better Decisions (BSBD), and which we intend to launch next year. As we do so, Sir Ian, the Board and I will consider the conclusions and recommendations of the Committee very carefully.

As set out below, we will continue to keep the Committee updated on our work, and specifically on the progress made against these recommendations.





Published: 3 October 2019