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More statistics troubles

Posted in Uncategorized by ukliberty on January 28, 2009

Mark Easton, BBC:

Sources inside the Home Office have revealed still more anger about December’s misleading knife crime stats.

I am informed that the department’s statisticians had “no idea” that Downing Street and their own media department were putting out a release which included unchecked, inappropriate and selective numbers.

It seems that no-one in the press office or Number Ten thought it might be a good idea to have a quick chat with the Home Office’s own stats people.

Despite what the Home Secretary has said, this isn’t a story about over-excitable press officers failing to follow some internal code to the letter. The rules on statistical releases are laid down by statute – laws which had only just come into force and should have been fresh in their minds.


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  1. IanPJ said, on January 28, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    It is actually worse than that. No matter who puts out the stats, be they right or wrong, they are now official stats.
    (Oh to have the ONS back).

    The following SI has just hit Parliament, coming into force 1st April 09 (no, I’m not sure if its a joke).

    The Official Statistics Order 2009
    Section 6(1)(a) of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 provides that statistics produced by the Statistics Board, a government department, the Scottish Administration, a Welsh ministerial authority, a Northern Ireland department, or any other person acting on behalf of the Crown are official statistics.

    Here is the list of those ‘acting on behalf of the Crown’.

    Arts Council of England

    Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England

    Board of the Pension Protection Fund

    British Tourist Authority

    British Transport Police Authority

    Care Quality Commission

    Certification Officer

    Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland

    Coal Authority

    Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

    Commission for Rural Communities

    Competition Commission

    Consumer Council for Water

    Consumer Panel established under section 16 of the Communications Act 2003(3)

    Design Council

    English Sports Council

    Environment Agency

    Financial Services Authority

    Gambling Commission

    Gas and Electricity Consumer Council

    Health and Social Care Information Centre

    Health Protection Agency

    Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary

    Higher Education Statistics Agency

    Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England

    Homes and Communities Agency

    Independent Police Complaints Commission

    Joint Nature Conservation Committee

    Judicial Appointments Commission

    Learning and Skills Council for England

    Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

    National Consumer Council

    National Lottery Commission

    National Patient Safety Agency

    National Policing Improvement Agency

    National Treatment Agency

    Natural England

    Natural Environment Research Council

    Northern Ireland Policing Board

    Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

    Office of Communications

    Parole Board

    Pensions Regulator

    Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

    Probation Board for Northern Ireland

    Rail Passengers Council

    Regulator of Social Housing

    School Food Trust

    Student Loans Company

    Sustainable Development Commission

    Training and Development Agency for Schools

    UK Film Council

    United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

    Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

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