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Housing: Databases

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd March 2017.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to improve the clarity and accessibility of housing data published by the Office for National Statistics.

Photo of Gavin Barwell Gavin Barwell Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Housing, Planning and London)

The Office for National Statistics produce statistics for the public good, according to the professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. The Code applies to all UK bodies that produce official statistics, including my Department.

My Department works closely with officials from the Office for National Statistics on issues relating to housing data. We are currently helping the UK Statistics Authority to carry out their Systemic Review of Housing Statistics (embracing all data providers).

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