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1997 CENSUS TEST: NEW QUESTIONS INCLUDED

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Income band and general health are among several new questions to be tested in next year's large scale Census Test ...
Income band and general health are among several new questions to be tested in next year's large scale Census Test involving 104,000 households in parts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

Other questions to be tested for the first time include: voluntary care provided to relatives and friends; availability of gardens; religious affiliation; and levels at which qualifications have been gained from school onwards.

The test, which will form part of the preparation for the 2001 Census of Population, will be held on 15 June 1997.

The main aim of the test is to enable the census offices to evaluate various new collection and processing methods and test new questions to gauge public reaction to them.

Following the 1997 Test, and a detailed re-examination of the need for each existing and new census topic, the government will make proposals in a white paper for the topics to be included in the 2001 Census.

An operational dress rehearsal will be held in 1999 and Parliament will decide the final content of the Census.

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