The phrase 'Pre-release Access' refers to the practice whereby official statistics in their final form, and any accompanying written commentary, are made available to an eligible person in advance of their publication. The rules and principles which govern pre-release access are featured within the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008.
Besides ONS staff, the following persons are given pre-release access by the period indicated before release.
|Access granted to||Organisation||Period|
|Secretary of State for Health||Department of Health||24 hours|
|Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Health||Department of Health||24 hours|
|Special Adviser to Secretary of State for Health||Department of Health||24 hours|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health (PS)PH)||Department of Health||24 hours|
|Assistant Private Secretary/Business Manager PS(PH)||Department of Health||24 hours|
|Branch Head, Public Health Cancer||Department of Health||24 hours|
|Chief Executive||NHS England||24 hours|
|Director of the Chair and Chief Executive’s Office||NHS England||24 hours|
|Director for Reducing Mortality (Domain 1)||NHS England||24 hours|
|Briefing Officer||Department of Health||24 hours|
|Statistical Adviser||Department of Health||24 hours|
|Senior Press Officer||Department of Health||24 hours|