What the internet is used for and types of purchases made, by adults (aged 16 or over).



The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Pre-release access list for Internet access in Great Britain: 2016

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.

Job Title Department Period
Minister Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) 24 Hours
Private Secretary DCMS 24 Hours
Briefing Official DCMS 24 Hours
Statistician / Economist – Statistics HoP DCMS 24 Hours
Duty Press Officer / Duty Media Officer DCMS 24 Hours
Duty Press Officer / Duty Media Officer DCMS 24 Hours