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Statistics and Registration Service Bill


SECOND
MARSHALLED
LIST OF AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE


      The amendments have been marshalled in accordance with the Instruction of 19th April 2007, as follows—

Clauses 8 to 23
Schedule 1
Clauses 24 to 43
Schedule 2
Clauses 44 to 57
Schedule 3
Clauses 58 to 70
Schedule 4
Clauses 71 to 73

[Amendments marked * are new or have been altered]

Amendment
No.

 

Clause 8

 

LORD MOSER
BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING
LORD NEWBY

42Page 4, line 36, at end insert—
"(   )  The Board is to monitor the arrangements for—
(a)  the release of official statistics, and
(b)  any access to official statistics in their final form prior to publication."
 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING
LORD MOSER

43Page 4, line 36, at end insert—
"(   )  The Board is to keep under review whether official statistics meet the information needs of users."
 

LORD NEWBY
LORD OAKESHOTT OF SEAGROVE BAY

44Page 4, line 37, leave out "may" and insert "must"
 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING
LORD MOSER

45Page 4, line 40, at end insert "or
(d)  the way that official statistics have been misinterpreted whether by Ministers, departments, civil servants or otherwise."
 

LORD NEWBY
LORD OAKESHOTT OF SEAGROVE BAY

46Page 5, line 1, leave out "may" and insert "must"
47Page 5, line 1, at end insert—
"(4)  The Board shall have responsibility to monitor and assess the performance of the National Statistician against the assigned responsibilities."
 

After Clause 8

 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING

48Insert the following new Clause—
  "Monitoring and reporting public trust
(1)  The Board is to carry out research to determine the level of public trust in particular official statistics and in official statistics in general.
(2)  The Board is to publish the findings of its research under this section."
49Insert the following new Clause—
  "Resources
(1)  The Board is to monitor the resources that are available for the production and publication of official statistics.
(2)  If the Board has any concerns about the resources that are available for the production and publication of official statistics it may report such concerns to the person responsible for those statistics and to the Treasury.
(3)  Any report made under subsection (2) may be published and must be laid before each House of Parliament."
 

Clause 9

 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING

50Page 5, line 3, leave out "Board" and insert "National Statistician"
51Page 5, line 7, leave out "Board" and insert "National Statistician"
 

LORD JENKIN OF RODING

52Page 5, line 8, at end insert ", taking account of the principles set out in the European Statistics Code of Practice, the United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and any other relevant international codes or agreements"
 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING

53Page 5, line 9, leave out "Board" and insert "National Statistician"
 

Clause 10

 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING
LORD MOSER
LORD NEWBY

54Page 5, line 12, leave out "National" and insert "Official"
 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING
LORD MOSER

55Page 5, line 13, at end insert "within 12 months of being established"
56Page 5, line 13, at end insert "and to monitor compliance with it"
 

LORD MOSER
BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING

57Page 5, line 13, at end insert—
"(1A)  The Code shall include rules and principles relating to the access to official statistics in their final form prior to publication ("pre-release access"), including—
(a)  the circumstances in which, or descriptions of statistics in relation to which, pre-release access may or may not be granted;
(b)  the persons, or descriptions of persons, to whom pre-release access may be granted;
(c)  the period, or maximum period, during which pre-release access may be so granted;
(d)  the conditions subject to which pre-release access may be granted.
(1B)  The Code may make different provision for different cases."
 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING
LORD NEWBY

57A*Page 5, line 13, at end insert—
"(1C)  The rules and principles for pre-release access required by subsection (1A) shall keep such access to the minimum necessary to meet the needs of Ministers."
 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING

58Page 5, line 13, at end insert—
"(   )  The Code shall include rules and principles relating to the release of official statistics, including—
(a)  the location from which the release of official statistics may be made;
(b)  the time at which the release of official statistics may be made; and
(c)  the identification of the person or persons who are responsible for the release of official statistics."
 

LORD NEWBY
LORD OAKESHOTT OF SEAGROVE BAY
LORD MOSER

59Page 5, line 13, at end insert—
"(   )  All official statistics as defined in section 6 shall be National Statistics unless rejected by the Board under sections 12 and 13."
 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING

60Page 5, line 15, at end insert—
"(   )  In preparing or revising the Code, the Board shall take account of the principles set out in the European Statistics Code of Practice, the United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and any other relevant international codes or agreements."
61Page 5, line 16, at end insert—
"(   )  the Treasury,"
 

EARL OF NORTHESK
BARONESS NOAKES

62Page 5, line 19, after "Ireland," insert—
"(   )  the Information Commissioner,"
 

LORD NEWBY
LORD OAKESHOTT OF SEAGROVE BAY

63Page 5, line 20, at end insert ", and
(   )  the Cabinet Office"
64Page 5, line 20, at end insert—
"(   )  All those who produce National Statistics must conform with the Code unless the Board accepts and publishes any case for deviation, consulting the Board on matters of interpretation as necessary, and reporting any breach of the Code to the Board."
 

After Clause 10

 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING
LORD MOSER

65Insert the following new Clause—
  "Compliance with the Code of Practice for National Statistics
  The Board, the National Statistician, government departments, the Scottish Administration, Welsh Minsterial authorities, Northern Ireland departments and any other person who produces or publishes official statistics shall—
(a)  comply with the Code; and
(b)  consult the Board on matters of interpretation of the Code where appropriate."
 

LORD NEWBY
LORD OAKESHOTT OF SEAGROVE BAY

66Insert the following new Clause—
  "Release arrangements
  The Board may, for the purposes of the Code, lay down rules and principles relating to the release of official statistics including, inter alia—
(a)  the location from which the release shall be made,
(b)  the persons responsible for the release,
(c)  the time period before which departmental or ministerial comment is not permitted."
 

Clause 11

 

LORD NEWBY
LORD OAKESHOTT OF SEAGROVE BAY

67Page 5, line 22, leave out subsection (1) and insert—
"(1)  The Board shall include in the Code of Practice the rules and principles relating to the granting of pre-release access to official statistics and shall keep such access to a minimum whilst having a duty to provide sufficiently for the needs of Ministers."
 

LORD JENKIN OF RODING
LORD MOSER

68Page 5, line 22, leave out subsection (1) and insert—
"(1)  The Board shall include in the Code of Practice rules and principles relating to the granting of pre-release access to official statistics which shall keep such access to the minimum necessary to meet the needs of Ministers."
 

LORD NEWBY
LORD OAKESHOTT OF SEAGROVE BAY

69Page 5, line 22, leave out "may not" and insert "shall"
70Page 5, line 24, leave out subsections (2) and (3)
71Page 5, line 27, leave out subsection (3)
72Page 5, line 36, leave out ", or maximum period,"
73Page 5, line 37, at end insert ", up to a maximum of two hours before general release"
74Page 6, line 3, leave out subsections (6) and (7)
75Page 6, line 4, leave out "Treasury" and insert "Cabinet Office"
76Page 6, line 15, at end insert—
"(   )  The Board shall have the authority to initiate an assessment process to designate any set of official statistics as National Statistics with the provision that the board must inform the appropriate authority before initiating the process."
 

LORD JENKIN OF RODING

77Page 6, line 15, at end insert—
"(   )  The Board may, for the purposes of the Code, lay down rules and principles relating to the release of official statistics including, but not limited to—
(a)  the location from which the release shall be made,
(b)  the persons responsible for the release,
(c)  the time period during which departmental or ministerial comment on the release is not permitted."
 

LORD MOSER
BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING

 The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 11 stand part of the Bill.
 

Clause 12

 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING
LORD MOSER

78Page 6, line 17, leave out "At the request of the appropriate authority"
 

LORD NEWBY
LORD OAKESHOTT OF SEAGROVE BAY

79Page 6, line 17, after "authority" insert ", or in such other cases as it considers appropriate,"
 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING

80Page 6, line 18, leave out "National" and insert "Official"
81Page 6, line 19, leave out "in relation to any" and insert "by the authorities responsible for producing"
82Page 6, line 20, at end insert—
"(   )  In the absence of a request from the appropriate authority under subsection (1), the Board shall be permitted to assess and determine whether the Code has been complied with in relation to any official statistics, provided that it consults the authority responsible for producing those statistics before commencing the assessment."
 

LORD NEWBY
LORD OAKESHOTT OF SEAGROVE BAY

83Page 6, line 20, at end insert—
"(   )  Where the Board exercises its power to initiate the assessment process under subsection (1), it must consult with the appropriate authority before initiating the assessment process."
 

BARONESS NOAKES
LORD HOWARD OF RISING

84Page 6, line 21, leave out subsections (2) and (3)
85Page 6, line 31, leave out subsections (7) and (8)
 

LORD NEWBY
LORD OAKESHOTT OF SEAGROVE BAY

86Page 7, line 3, at end insert—
"(9)  The Board shall have the authority to initiate an assessment process to designate any set of official statistics as National Statistics.
(10)  Before initiating a process under subsection (9), the Board shall inform the appropriate authority."

 
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