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PACAC opens inquiry examining performance of UK Statistics Authority

5 February 2019

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee opens its inquiry examining the role and work of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) on Tuesday 5 February.


Created as an independent body in 2008, UKSA has a statutory objective to promote and safeguard official statistics that ‘serve the public good'. It exists to inform the public, help develop and evaluate policy, regulate quality and challenge the misuse of statistics.

Purpose of the session

In this session, the Committee will hear evidence from the Executive Director of the Royal Statistical Society Hetan Shah and University of Bristol Professor of Statistics Guy Nason; followed by Richard Aldritt, former head of the Statistics Commission and head of assessment at UKSA.

The Committee is expected to focus on what UKSA has achieved since it was created in 2008, and how well equipped it is to face future challenges.


Tuesday 5 February 2019, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

From 10.00am

  • Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society
  • Professor Guy Nason, Professor of Statistics, University of Bristol

From 11.00am

  • Richard Aldritt, formerly of Statistics Commission and UK Statistics Authority

Further information

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