Clause 40

Part of Statistics and Registration Service Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 25th January 2007.

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Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Labour, Slough 9:45 am, 25th January 2007

This aspect of the data caused some of the problems in Slough which I spoke to the Minister about, and part of the failure to estimate mid-year populations accurately is to do with such things. For example, young men in particular do not necessarily have a health record, as they tend not to register with GPs. Therefore, connecting all the pieces of information has significance, if only to statisticians, who can work out whether particular classes of people not registering and so on. That might help to improve the accuracy of some of our poor counts, with results in respect of the failings in our current population counts.