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2011 Census tick-box for 'English' national identity: Letters to Daily Telegraph, 13 March 2006 and Daily Mail, 15 March 2006

Daily Telegraph, 13 March 2006 and Daily Mail, 15 March 2006

Readers' letters printed in both the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail claimed that ONS was proposing that the 2011 Census should include tick-boxes for people to identify themselves as Scottish, Welsh, Irish or British but not English. The National Statistician wrote to point out that this was not correct.

Letter to the Daily Telegraph:

Sir,

Proposals for 'national identity tick-boxes' in the 2011 Census have been mis-reported. A tick-box for English is included, as well as Scottish, Welsh and Irish and additionally British. Your correspondent (M. Newberry of London, 13 March) will get 'equal treatment' to nationals of 'the three other members of the United Kingdom'.

Yours faithfully,

Karen Dunnell
National Statistician
Office for National Statistics
1 Drummond Gate
London SW1V 2QQ

Letter to the Daily Mail:

Sir,

Proposals for 'national identity tick-boxes' in the 2011 Census have been mis-reported. A tick-box for English is included, as well as Scottish, Welsh and Irish and additionally British. Your correspondent (Anthony Dodd, 15 March) will rest easy that he can be an 'undiluted' Englishman.

Yours faithfully,

Karen Dunnell
National Statistician
Office for National Statistics
1 Drummond Gate
London SW1V 2QQ

 

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