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Counting the population

This inquiry examined the collection of statistics by the Office for National Statistics relating to the size, age, sex and distribution of people, the accuracy of such statistics and the role and value of such statistics.

Oral evidence

Wednesday 16 January 2008

Witnesses: Mr Keith Dugmore, Demographic Decisions, Professor David Rhind, Statistics Commission, and Professor David Martin, Royal Statistical Society 

Wednesday 23 January 2008

Witnesses: Mr Charlie Bean, Chief Economist, and Mr Neal Hatch, Head of the Structural Economic Analysis Division within Monetary Analysis, Bank of England, Mr Christopher Kelly, Head of Macroeconomic Prospects Team, and Mr James Richardson, Head of Home and Legal Team, Her Majesty's Treasury; Sir Simon Milton, Chairman, Local Government Association, Mr Andrew Blake-Herbert, Strategic Director of Finance and Policy, Slough Borough Council, Mr Mike Curtis, Director of Finance, Islington Council, Mr John Bradley, National Census Co-ordinator, Manchester City Council, and Mr Geoff Sanford, Director of Finance and Information, NHS Newham Primary Care Trust 

Monday 28 January 2008 

Witnesses: Ms Karen Dunnell, National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales; Ms Jill Matheson, Director, Census Demography and Regional Statistics Office, Office for National Statistics; and Sir Michael Scholar, Chair, The Statistics Board 

Wednesday 6 February 2008 

Witness: Angela Eagle, MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury 

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