Clause 18

Part of Statistics and Registration Service Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 23rd January 2007.

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Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Labour, Cardiff South and Penarth 5:30 pm, 23rd January 2007

I must tell the hon. Lady that if Janet and John were reading the book, they would still be confused about her request. I have heard nobody suggest that there should not be a core of statistics enabling comparisons from region to region, country to country and so on. However, does she suggest that in the interests of the centralised consistency that she seeks, we should collect statistics on the speaking of Welsh in north-east England? It might be interesting, but the resources would not be well devoted to that.