Aim of this survey

The Office for National Statistics conducts the Monthly Survey of Building Materials: Concrete Building Blocks on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The information is used for monitoring trends in the construction industries.

For the benefit of industry, and the public generally, building materials information is published by BEIS on their monthly statistics of building materials and components page.

What you need to know

To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

  • opening and closing stock, production and delivery figures of dense, lightweight and aerated block types
  • measurements in square metres for dense and lightweight blocks, and cubic metres for aerated blocks

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: UK trading businesses registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) and/or Pay as You Earn (PAYE) or with Companies House

Population: UK constructional and building material manufacturers

Sample: approximately 70

Frequency: monthly

Dispatch date: around the 20th of each month

Return-by date: around the 8th of each month

Dispatch and return-by dates are a guide. They are subject to change due to national holidays and weekends.

Why you were selected

Your business has been selected from a directory of businesses in the UK that are registered for VAT and/or PAYE or with Companies House. Your response ensures we represent your industry.

The Monthly Survey of Building Materials: Concrete Building Blocks is conducted under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Once selected, your business is legally obliged to comply. You cannot appeal your selection.

How to complete this survey

Please complete and return the questionnaire following the guidelines on the front page.

You may receive a reminder if you submit data just before or after the return date.

This survey is not yet available to complete online. We are currently developing a secure online collection platform. You will receive a letter when you can complete the Monthly Survey of Building Materials: Concrete Building Blocks on our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

If you need help

If your question is not answered above, you may be able to find the answer in the About ONS business surveys section.

You can call us on +44 1633 456084. Please quote the three-digit survey ID: 073.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg (to speak to someone in Welsh): 0300 1234 921.