Memorandum from HM Treasury
There is no established comprehensive list of
statistics produced by government departments, although virtually
all of those produced by the Government Statistical Service (GSS)
have been included in the National Statistics StatBase database.
Exactly what may be treated as a statistical publication varies
to some degree from department to department.
Statistics currently within the scope of National
Statistics were listed in the document "Initial Scope of
National Statistics" published with the Framework Document
in June 2000. There are a number of difficulties in using this
list, including the different levels of detail:
For some departments, the list covers
the statistical publications which come within scope (eg MAFF).
Others state only that statistics
previously published as GSS statistics are included in National
Statistics (eg DTI).
ONS makes a general statement about
National Statistics covering all outputs.
To overcome such problems, we are currently
compiling a list of statistical series (as defined on StatBase)
consistent with the June "within scope" list, for general
use. This is expected to be available early next year.
There is no centrally held list of statistics
not within the scope of National Statistics. Given the Sub-committee's
request, we are exploring the possibility of extending the StatBase
exercise described above to produce a comprehensive list of statistics
not in scope.
13 November 2000