Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Twenty-Third Report


Memorandum by the Northern Ireland Office


  1. The Committee has asked for a memorandum on the following point:

    In paragraph 31 of Schedule 2, explain what is a "person number" within a household.

  2. The term "person number" is used in the Census Household Form in Table 1 which requires the person completing the form to list the usual residents of the household. In addition to this it is used as a reference for completion of the question on family relationships. The Relationship Grid information will provide statistics of households analysed by family composition, and will be used by organisations providing services to families, who need to know how many families there are and what changes have been taking place over time. Applications include planning accommodation and services for the elderly and assessment of the potential demand for housing from young families.

  3. The term is also included at the beginning of the set of questions for each individual member of the household, again for reference purposes. The aim is to assist individuals in completion of the Census form and to allow the Census Offices to process the information accurately and efficiently.

  4. This provision also exists in the Scotland and the England and Wales Orders.

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