Collecting data on religion
The 2001 Census included a question on religion for the first time.
The concepts of ethnic group and religion overlap to some extent, particularly for some groups such as Sikhs and Muslims.
Therefore, it is strongly recommended that wherever possible a question on religion as well as ethnic group should be included as part of data collection.
Suggested questions on religion are:
Religion question in 2001 Census for England and Wales
Religion question in 2001 Census for Scotland
Religion question in the 2001 Census for Northern Ireland
Religion question in 2001/02 & 2002/03 Labour Force Survey
This page last revised: Tuesday 4 November 2003