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To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to halt or reduce the collection or publication by the Office of National Statistics of data on smoking, drinking, teenage pregnancy or infant mortality.
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.
Letter from Glen Watson, Director General for ONS, to Lord Beecham, dated July 2013
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question, asking Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to halt or reduce the collection or publication by the Office of National Statistics of data on smoking, drinking, teenage pregnancy or infant mortality (HL1553).
Most of ONS's statistical outputs are required by legislation and the budget settlement ensures that ONS can continue to meet these legal obligations and produce the majority of its other statistics. However, some cuts will still be necessary. Now that the settlement is known, ONS is preparing a public consultation, to begin within the next month, on potential areas where outputs might need to be reduced, The level of output reduction will be well below the options shown to government departments in April and will be published when the consultation begins. This will be a 12 week consultation available through the 'About ONS' section of our website.