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Breaches and Exceptions

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Breaches and Exceptions to the Code of Practice

A breach of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics occurs where one or more provisions of the Code were not followed in situations where an exemption or exception had not been approved by the UK Statistics Authority's Head of Assessment, as required in paragraph (xii) of the Code's preamble e.g An example would be inadvertent release of data prior to the agreed publication date.

Exception Reports

If there is a breach of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics then a report is required to be submitted to the UK Statistics Authority via the National Statistician.

Reports submitted to the National Statistician by ISD

An exemption or exception of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics occurs when a decision is made not to adhere to normal practice and is agreed, in advance, by UK Statistics Authority via the National Statistician e.g. a pre-announced publication date is changed at late notice.

  • ISD have currently no exemptions or exceptions

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