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CENSUS INFORMATION IS BEST EVER CLAIMS REGISTRAR GENERAL

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The 1991 census was the best ever and provides incomparable information for planning and policy purposes, the regis...
The 1991 census was the best ever and provides incomparable information for planning and policy purposes, the registrar general for England and Wales, Peter Wormald, claimed today.

The official comprehensive account of the planning and carrying out of the 1991 census of population is published today by the census offices of Great Britain, and in launching the report, Mr Wormald said:

'The 1991 census has provided the largest ever range and quantity of high quality information for national and local planning and policy making.

'The decennial census of population is by far the biggest statistical exercise undertaken in this country, and the only one which yields comparable information for local areas all over the country.

'I am particularly pleased that the question on ethnic group was well received by the vast majority of people, and was well answered.

'This question was included for the first time in 1991, following extensive consultations.'

The census of Great Britain was carried out on 21 April 1991 at a cost was £135m. It involved some 118,000 temporary staff working as enumerators.

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