Clause 58

Part of Statistics and Registration Service Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:30 pm on 25th January 2007.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1:30 pm, 25th January 2007

In 1995, we had virtually no system for securing the quality and independence of statistics, nor any reform of the system for decades. It was only in 2000, as part of this Government’s reform process, that we created a basis on which to build. In fact, that was the most thorough reform of the statistical system for nearly 30 years; it completely changed the system and the views of the way in which it needed to develop. If the hon. Lady wishes to take the matter up with the current Leader of the House, she will find that he is one of the strongest supporters in the Government of the Bill and its provisions.