Aim of this survey

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) conducts the Quarterly Survey of Building Materials: Slate on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who use 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 the monthly statistics of building materials and components.

The survey is voluntary but your co-operation in completing the questionnaire would be appreciated.

What you need to know

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

  • the opening and closing stock, production, and delivery of slate

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 manufacturers

Sample: approximately 10

Frequency: quarterly

Dispatch dates

Quarter 1: 14 March

Quarter 2: 13 June

Quarter 3: 12 September

Quarter 4: 12 December

Return-by dates

Quarter 1: 4 April

Quarter 2: 4 July

Quarter 3: 3 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.

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.

At the moment, this survey is not available to complete online, but 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: Slate 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 071.

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