The new London Regional Committee has today announced a decision to undertake an inquiry into the Government's policy on the preparation and use of regional population statistics for London and its arrangements for accurate assessment of population mobility and turnover, with particular reference to the arrangements for the 2011 Census.
Committee Chair, Karen Buck MP, said: "I am delighted to be Chair of the new London Regional Committee. Select Committees keep tabs on the work of Government and ensure that taxpayer money is spent on policies that work. Our new London Committee will be using its first inquiry to look into the Government's preparations for the 2011 Census in London."
"Londoners are dealing every day with the effects of undercounting in the 2001 Census, and we want to make sure that the best methods possible are being used to count London's population in 2011 and beyond. It's essential that these figures are right, so that London boroughs get fair funding allocations for the services they are expected to provide to all Londoners."
In particular, the Committee will examine:
1. The lessons learned in London from the 2001 Census exercise.
2. Preparations for the 2011 census in London, with particular reference to approaches to assessment issues unique to London: counting of migrants and transients, underdeclaration on census returns, and correlations between characteristics of underrepresentation in census and electoral registration returns.
3. Attitudes to participation in the census in London, with particular reference to engaging participation by minority communities.
4. The planned use of census and other population data in
(a) population projections for London;
(b) planning for provision of services delivered through the Government Office for London and London boroughs, and
(c) funding allocations for service provision made to central Government bodies, the Greater London Authority and London boroughs.
The Committee may also examine other areas of interest that are raised during the course of its inquiry.
The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated below by 14 January 2010.
Each submission should:
be no more than 3,000 words in length;
begin with a short summary in bullet point form;
have numbered paragraphs; and
be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.
A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] and marked "London Population Inquiry". An additional paper copy should be sent to:
London Regional Committee
House of Commons
London SW1P 3JA
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