Official statistics and 'National Statistics'

Official statistics are defined in section 6 of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 as statistics produced by the UK Statistics Authority (known legally as the Statistics Board), by government departments including executive agencies, by any other person acting on behalf of the Crown and any other person or body identified by ministers in an Official Statistics Order.

National Statistics logo All producers of official statistics are expected to comply with the best practice standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Those official statistics that have been formally assessed by the UK Statistics Authority to be compliant with the Code of Practice carry the label 'National Statistics'.

In line with the Act and with the Code of Practice, the Department maintains and publishes the following corporate documentation:

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