Aim of this survey

The Quarterly Survey of Building Materials: Sand and Gravel (marine dredged) is conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on behalf of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

BEIS uses the information for monitoring trends in the construction industries. For the benefit of industry, and the public generally, building materials information is published by BEIS in their their monthly statistics of building materials and components.

What you need to know

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

  • the quantity of sand and gravel produced and sold by your business

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)

Population: UK constructional and building material manufacturing businesses

Sample: approximately 70

Frequency: quarterly

Dispatch dates

Quarter 1: 15 March

Quarter 2: 14 June

Quarter 3: 13 September

Quarter 4: 13 December

Return-by dates

Quarter 1: 4 April

Quarter 2: 4 July

Quarter 3: 6 October

Quarter 4: 4 January

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, which are registered for VAT and/or PAYE or with Companies House. Your response ensures we represent your industry.

The Quarterly Survey of Building Materials: Sand and Gravel (marine dredged) 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.

Reminders are issued automatically, so you may receive one if you submit data just before or after the return date.

At the moment this survey is not available to complete online. We have developed a secure survey data collection platform and we are gradually moving our business surveys online. You will receive a letter notifying you when you can complete the Quarterly Survey of Building Materials: Sand and Gravel (marine dredged) 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 456030. Please quote the three-digit survey ID 076.

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