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Statistics Commission and the UK Statistics Authority

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On 1 April 2008, the UK Statistics Authority replaced, and subsumed the activities of, the former Statistics Commission and inherited its responsibility for maintaining and enhancing trust in UK official statistics.

Before the establishment of the independent Statistics Authority, the Statistics Commission played a key role in advising on the quality, quality assurance and priority setting for National Statistics, and on the procedures designed to deliver statistical integrity, to help ensure National Statistics are trustworthy and responsive to public needs.

The UK Statistics Authority now fulfils this same role; it is independent of both ministers and the producers of National Statistics. It operates in a transparent way, with the minutes of its meetings, correspondence and evidence it receives, and advice it gives, all being generally available for public scrutiny.

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