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Wednesday 15 November 2006, 11.00 am to 2.00 pm at One Great George Street
The theme this year will be the Treasury Sub-Committee's July 2006 report Independence for statistics and the Government's response to it. Michael Fallon MP, chair of the Treasury Sub-Committee, has been invited to speak; the meeting will also provide a forum for addressing questions directly to Commission members.
We are holding the meeting at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA starting with coffee at 10.30am. The meeting itself will begin at 11am, followed by a buffet lunch. Directions on how to find the venue can be accessed on the One Great George Street website.
If you would like to attend, or send a representative, please contact Britta Moeller at the Commission's offices at Artillery House, 11-19 Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RT, tel: 020 7273 8013, email by Monday 6 November 2006. It would be helpful if you could specify any dietary or access requirements and whether you are able to join us for lunch. Please also note that places are limited, so early registration is recommended.

National Statistics Code of Practice: The Prime Minister's remarks at yesterday's TUC conference
The Statistics Commission has issued a press release 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. Please view the press release here, to access the letters, please visit our correspondence section.

Statistics User Forum Annual Conference: New statistics from administrative and customer files
16 November 2006 09:30 - 17:00 Includes buffet lunch and reception from 17:00 at The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
For more information please visit the RSS website or contact Sarah Simpson at

The Statistics Commission endorses Treasury Committee Report on independence for statistics.
Commission chairman David Rhind commented that "the Statistics Commission endorses all the main arguments in the Treasury Committee's Report and urges the Government to develop its own proposals accordingly" to view the press notice, please click here.

The Statistics Commission today publishes its Annual Report 2005-2006
Introducing the report, Commission chairman Professor David Rhind said: "The Chancellor's announcement last year of plans for a statutory framework for official statistics, and the more recent Government proposals for legislation, were the key events of the year and build on earlier work by the Commission. The Commission welcomes the commitment to legislation but has stressed that the responsibilities, accountability and constitution of the proposed Board will be crucial to achieving greater public trust in official statistics." To view the press notice, please click here.

Forthcoming tender on review of the use made of official statistics
The Statistics Commission seeks to engage consultants to review the use made of official statistics by organisations and the public value (of the use made) of statistics in the United Kingdom. At this stage we are seeking expressions of interest. Please view the project proposal or contact Rosalyn Harper, tel: 0207 273 8010, email: for more information.

Response to the Treasury's Consultation Document: Independence for Statistics
The Statistics Commission today publishes its response to the Treasury paper on Independence for Statistics. Read the full response or view the press release.

New date for Statistics Commission's Lunchtime seminar in Edinburgh - Wednesday, 6 September 2006
Do we have the data to understand the Scottish Economy? 12.00 - 2.30pm at the Royal Society of Edinburgh
A unique opportunity to share your views with leading voices in the development of knowledge about the economy in Scotland. The Statistics Commission, in conjunction with the Scottish Executive invites you to this lunchtime seminar on Wednesday, 6 September, which will include an opportunity for you to comment and raise questions with the speakers
Professor Brian Ashcroft (Fraser of Allander Institute)
Jim and Margaret Cuthbert (Analytic Consulting Ltd)
Fiona Robertson (Scottish Executive)
The seminar will be chaired by Professor David Rhind, chairman of the Statistics Commission.
If you would like to attend, please contact Britta Moeller, tel: 020 7273 8013, email: It would be helpful if you could indicate any dietary or access requirements. There is no charge for attending the seminar. Please also view our chairman's invitation letter for further information.

Future Governance of Official Statistics
17 May 2006: 2.00pm - 5.30pm at Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ
The Statistics Commission, with support from the Royal Statistical Society and the Financial Times, has organised this half-day seminar to stimulate public debate on the Treasury's legislation proposals. View the seminar invitation flyer for more details on the event's programme and how to register.

The Statistics Commission welcomes the Treasury's consultation document on independence for statistics
The Treasury today published Independence for Statistics: A Consultation Document which addresses plans for legislation following an announcement by the Chancellor in November 2005. The Statistics Commission welcomes the consultation and the recognition of the impact of proposed changes on Northern Ireland and will be making a substantive response in due course. View press notice

Final publication of Statistics Commission Report No. 29: PSA Targets - The Devil in the Detail
The Statistics Commission today published its report PSA Targets: The Devil in the Detail, an assessment of the adequacy of the statistical evidence underpinning top level targets set by government. The Commission has reviewed over 100 targets associated with existing Public Service Agreements and has made a number of broad recommendations as well as commenting on individual targets. This is the final report originally published in draft in October

Impact of EU Demands on the UK Statistical System
The Statistics Commission today publishes its report on the Impact of EU Demands on the UK Statistical System. The report examines several aspects of the interaction between the UK and European statistical systems.

The Statistics Commission and future legislation
In September 2005 the Statistics Commission approached a number of individual stakeholders to seek their views on a range of specific questions about the role, priorities and effectiveness of the Commission - the results are set out in an internal report that is issued today. The chairman has sent out copies to all those who were invited to respond. For more details please read the coverletter and view the perceptions report.

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