Freedom of Information

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 16th February 2006.

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Photo of Bob Spink Bob Spink Conservative, Castle Point

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the release of the (a) 1911 and (b) 1921 census data; and if she will make a statement.

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

The implementation of the Freedom of Information Act has not altered government policy to make the decennial census returns publicly available after a period of 100 years. In line with this policy, the National Archives is developing plans to make the 1911 census available online to the widest possible audience in 2012. The 1921 census remains in the custody of the Office for National Statistics.

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