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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08835: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 19 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the 2021 census will include additional questions on employment to help inform its policy planning.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 27 April 2017

Responsibility for Scotland’s Census lies with the Registrar General for Scotland and National Records of Scotland (NRS). Their report of the 2021 Census Topic Consultation (published August 2016) provides information about the feedback they received and outlines their intended next steps. It highlights that whilst NRS proposes to recommend that information on economic activity, occupation and industry should continue to be collected in the 2021 Census, they are seeking further information on potential questions, or changes to questions, on: the last year worked, supervisory status, hours worked, and voluntary and unpaid work.

NRS confirms that they will be working throughout 2017 to research these issues and the question set that will be subsequently proposed to the Scottish Parliament. This process is underway and discussions are being sought with a range of stakeholders. As part of this, NRS intends engaging with the Scottish Parliament and its committees.