February 3, 2003
Question written on 03/02/2003
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will exercise his power to ensure a local census is undertaken in the City of Westminster in order to provide a more accurate figure than the 2001 count.
Answered by Ruth Kelly
The Government are confident that the 2001 Census provides the most accurate estimate of the population nationally and for each of the 376 local authorities in England and Wales. The Office for National Statistics continues to work closely with representatives from a relatively small number of local authorities, including Westminster, which have raised issues about the Census count in their area. However, to date the Registrar General has seen no evidence to justify conducting a local census in Westminster or in any other local authority area in England and Wales.