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Census: Guernsey

Justice written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Labour, Croydon North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) what discussions his Department and the Bailiwick of Guernsey had on the decision not to organise a census of population in Guernsey in 2011;

(2) for what reason the Bailiwick of Guernsey has not organised a census in 2011.

Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

My Department has not had any discussions with the States of Guernsey on their decision not to hold a census of Guernsey's population in 2011.

As an internally self-governing dependency of the Crown, this is entirely a matter for the island authorities. However, I can inform the right hon. Member that the States of Guernsey has migrated to an electronic collation of social and economic data traditionally compiled by paper census. It was considered that the merits of moving to such a system were compelling, following examples set by countries such as Finland.

Alderney is working with Guernsey towards adopting a similar system and Sark compiles its own population figures.

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