The UK’s system for producing official statistics is governed by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (the 2007 Act), which came into effect on 1 April 2008. Before, the system was governed by the 2000 Framework for National Statistics, that was non-statutory.
The 2007 Act enabled the creation of a new statistics board – the UK Statistics Authority – with a statutory responsibility to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good.
The UK Statistics Authority’s responsibilities cover the whole UK statistical system, including the UK Government and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The 2007 Act provides for secondary legislation including:
- specifying non-crown bodies as producers of official statistics,
- pre-release access to official statistics,
- delegating the production of statistics to the UK Statistics Authority,
- information sharing for statistical purposes.
For more information, please read the Explanatory Notes to the 2007 Act.
There are a number of other pieces of domestic primary legislation which affect how official statistics are produced in the UK. These include:
- Census Act 1920
- Agriculture Act 1947
- Statistics of Trade Act 1947
- Agricultural Statistics Act 1979
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Freedom of Information Act 2000.