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Commissioned tables

England and Wales

ONS continues to provide a commissioned table service for census statistics.

Census commissioned tables, also known as ad hoc tables, are produced in response to user requests and contain combinations of data that are not available in standard publications. Once created, ad hoc tables are published for all to use.

Ad hoc tables are constrained by the data, by the availability of skilled staff, by the similarity to what ONS has already released or plans to release, and by statistical disclosure control. Date of birth and migration within the UK are currently not available. However, characteristics of migrants and some forms of migration within England and Wales are available.

ONS's development plans for 2011 Census ad hoc tables include:

  • In 2015: ways to produce ad hoc origin destination tables at local authority level

  • In 2016: further increase in the range of geographies and data in 2011 Census ad hoc outputs.

We are also hoping to make ad hoc outputs available for 2001 Census later this year, as this service has been temporarily suspended due to a change in tabulation software. ONS will issue a Census News Alert as each new part of the service becomes available. Customers are advised to register for these alerts with  Census Customer Services.

Contact Census Customer Services for more information or complete the ad hoc data request form (134 Kb Pdf) .

ONS charges for building ad hoc tables. Download the price list for census ad hoc tables (25.4 Kb Pdf) . Four price bands have been identified to give customers a guide of how much their commissioned table will cost. However the customer services team will agree the final cost with the customer prior to any work commencing. Prices are effective from 1 June 2012.

All commissioned tables will be published on the ONS website for all statistics users under the Open Government License. See 2011 Census commissioned tables available to date.


ONS will also be the provider for UK commissioned tables. UK tables can be ordered after all the census offices have released their 2011 statistics.

National Records of Scotland (NRS) is responsible for disseminating 2011 Census statistics for Scotland.

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) is responsible for disseminating 2011 Census statistics for Northern Ireland.


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