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National Statistics Code of Practice - Protocol on Release Practices

The Office for National Statistics is responsible for collecting, compiling, processing, analysing, interpreting, and disseminating a wide range of statistics which cover: key economic and social statistics including the decennial census of population.

All of our statistics are designated as ‘National Statistics’ which means that they are produced in accordance with the arrangements set out in the 'Framework for National Statistics' and in line with the principles set out in the 'National Statistics Code of Practice' and its 12 supporting Protocols.

We also produce and publish a number of ‘Experimental Statistics’ under the arrangements set out in the 'Protocol on Data Presentation, Dissemination, and Pricing'. Our expectation and plan is that these statistics will also, and eventually, be labelled as ‘National Statistics’.

As well as complying with the Code of Practice and its supporting Protocols, all of our National Statistics are also produced and published in accordance with the following statements and policies, each of which forms an integral part of this Compliance Statement.

  • Statement on Customer Service and Complaints

  • Publication Strategy

  • Statement on Releases Practices

  • Statement on Revisions, and Errors

  • Statement on Confidentiality and Access

  • Data Management Policy

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