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Dear Sir Jon

A more formal role for the National Assembly for Wales in shaping the Population Census for Wales

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury and The First Minister have agreed that there should be a specific addition to the Concordat on Statistics as a means of giving effect to recognising our joint involvement in matters affecting a Population Census for England and Wales and of giving effect to establishing a more formal role for the Assembly. The Office for National Statistics and the Welsh Assembly Government will aim to achieve this at the next update of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Government and Devolved Administrations. Office for the Deputy Prime Minister officials have advised that this will occur at a suitable time after the devolved administration elections in May.

The First Minister has also asked that officials discuss and assess secondary legislation options which might also establish this formal role. I am happy for this to proceed but could not commit to supporting these options until a full assessment, including legal advice, has been made.

As Registrar General for England and Wales I want every Census in Wales to be successful. To help achieve this, I shall regard it as my duty to consult all Welsh interests, especially those of the National Assembly itself, on the substance of future Census forms, collections and statistical outputs. I hope that we can work together to ensure that any future Census activity in Wales fully reflects the views and requirements of the people and government of Wales.

Yours Sincerely

Len Cook
Registrar General for England & Wales

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