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About Statistics in Scotland - National Statistics

Virtually all of the statistics produced by the Scottish Government are National Statistics. This is the name for official statistics produced in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The primary aim is to provide an accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive and meaningful picture of the economy and society to support the formulation and monitoring of economic and social policies by government.

UK Statistics Authority and the Code of Practice

The UK Statistics Authority is an independent body operating at arm's length from government as a non-ministerial department, directly accountable to Parliament. It was established on 1 April 2008 by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

The Authority's statutory objective is to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It is also required to promote and safeguard the quality and comprehensiveness of official statistics, and ensure good practice in relation to official statistics.

Observance of a common Code of Practice, by all the public bodies that produce official statistics, is central to maintaining a unified statistical service that meets the needs of government and society and is both trustworthy and trusted.

Official statistics assessed as compliant are to be designated as National Statistics. Bodies that produce National Statistics are required to ensure that the Code continues to be observed. For other official statistics, compliance with the Code is not a formal requirement.

Framework for Official Statistics

Scotland's Chief Statistician, Rob Wishart, has received comments on this first version of the Framework for Scottish Official Statistics and the document will be reviewed and updated shortly. Your views on the Framework are welcome at any time.

Any questions or points about the Framework should be sent to:

Roger Halliday
Chief Statistician
Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh EH1 3DG
Tel - 0131 204 0302

or Roger.Halliday@scotland.gsi.gov.uk