Clause 39

Part of Statistics and Registration Service Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 25th January 2007.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury) 9:30 am, 25th January 2007

These probing amendments were tabled to enable us to understand the process. I suspect that the clause was drafted so as to maintain the existing arrangements but I want to understand why that is, given that the role of the National Statistician and the Registrar General are being prised apart by the Bill. I understand why the National Statistician needs to receive information from the Registrar General but why will the board pass the data to the Department of Health? Why cannot the Registrar General pass it directly to the Department? What is the reason for routing it through the board?