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Office for National Statistics

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)

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.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

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.

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