Equality of access to official statistics is a fundamental principle of statistical good practice. As of 1 July 2017, pre-release access to ONS statistics was removed in all but exceptional circumstances. Whenever a decision is taken to grant pre-release access in future, details will be published below.

For further information about ending pre-release access for ONS statistics, please see the letter from the National Statistician John Pullinger to Sir David Norgrove, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority (15 June 2017), and Sir David Norgrove’s reply (15 June 2017).

Exchange of letters between Jonathan Athow and Ben Broadbent regarding exceptional pre-release access - 18 July 2017

Exchange of letters between Iain Bell and Robert Chote regarding exceptional pre-release access - 20 October 2017

Exchange of letters between Jonathan Athow and Robert Chote regarding exceptional pre-release access - February 2019