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Births inside and outside marriages and civil partnerships: Daily Mail, 24 August 2011

The Daily Mail suggested that 'vital information which demonstrates the success of married parents' was being concealed.

Julie Messer wrote to set the record straight.

 

Dear Sir,

Steve Doughty's article ('Whitehall cover-up on unwed mothers', 24 August) contained one major factual inaccuracy. His claim that data-gatherers are 'concealing vital information which demonstrates the success of married parents' is untrue. The Office for National Statistics will continue to report the number of births within, and outside, marriages and civil partnerships. We will also continue to report the number of births to civil partnerships where rules on disclosure of data allow.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Julie Messer,
Principal Researcher in Health,
Office for National Statistics

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