Census Records

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 13th February 2006.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Chair, Education & Skills Committee, Chair, Education & Skills Committee

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many requests her Department has received regarding access to census records before 1970 in the last 12 months.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Minister of State (Department of Constitutional Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The National Archives holds the 1911 and earlier censuses, while censuses from 1921 onwards are in the custody of the Office for National Statistics. Since the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act on 1 January 2005, the National Archives has received 171 specific requests for access to information contained in the 1911 census returns.

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