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The Statistics Commission is an independent non-departmental public body. It was set up in June 2000 to help ensure that official statistics are trustworthy and responsive to public needs. It operates independently of both Ministers and the producers of statistics; and it does so openly, with all its papers normally available publicly. Its key aims are to:

  • provide independent and reliable advice with a particular focus on safeguarding the interests of decision-makers who depend on official statistics.

  • help improve the quality and relevance of official statistics by identifying areas that require improvement.


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Come and discuss the reform of statistical governance at the Commission's Open Meeting on 15 November. Michael Fallon MP, chair of the Treasury Sub-Committee, has agreed to speak; the meeting will also provide a forum for addressing questions directly to Commission members. To find out more and register, please visit our latest news section.
Please read the Commission's press notice in response to the letter exchange between the National Statistician and the Cabinet Secretary regarding the Prime Minister's remarks at yesterday's TUC conference. To view the exchange, please visit our correspondence section.
This year's SUF conference will be held on 16 November 2006 and explores the theme: New statistics from administrative and customer files. For more information please visit the RSS website.
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