MPs investigate population statistics and the 2011 Census

01 February 2010

MPs on the new Select Committee for London hold the Committee's first public hearings of its inquiry into the preparation and use of regional population statistics for London and the 2011 Census. Watch live from 2.15 pm


  • Professor David Martin, Royal Statistical Society and ESRC Census Programme
  • Keith Dugmore, Demographic User Group

A further evidence session will be held on Monday 8 February at Stratford Old Town Hall, The Broadway, London E15.



  • Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham
  • Councillor Nicholas Stanton, Leader, Southwark Council
  • Councillor Colin Barrow, Leader, Westminster City Council, and officials


  • London Councils and the Greater London Authority

The Committee will examine 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.

In particular, the Committee will examine:

  • The lessons learned in London from the 2001 Census exercise
  • 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
  • Attitudes to participation in the census in London, with particular reference to engaging participation by minority communities
  • The planned use of census and other population data in population projections for London, planning for provision of services delivered through the Government Office for London and London boroughs, and 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.

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