Census: Carers

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:51 pm on 23rd July 2007.

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Photo of Lord Tebbit Lord Tebbit Conservative 2:51 pm, 23rd July 2007

My Lords, I suppose that I should declare an interest as a carer myself. Will the noble Lord encourage those responsible for taking this decision to look at which of the other competing questions could be answered more easily by other methods of opinion survey? Much of the information that we have gathered about the role and number of carers could not have been discovered in any other way. Taking that into account, surely we should look at putting that question on the census form as a priority.