Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:10 pm on 18th July 2019.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Chair, Finance Committee (Commons) 12:10 pm, 18th July 2019

Statistics are obviously absolutely vital if this country is to develop good policy on a whole range of different subjects, not least medicine. However, statistics are sometimes used by scurrilous politicians trying to purvey a particular version of events that is a long way away from the official version of the UK Statistics Authority, and we have seen recent instances in which it has told off Ministers and others. Did the Committee consider any means of punishing offenders who have tried to muddy the waters with false facts?