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Review Of Official Statistics

EDM number 163 in 1989-90, proposed by John Evans on 06/12/1989.

That this House calls on the Government to establish an official review of official statistics; notes the meeting organised by the Royal Statistical Society, addressed by Jack Hibbert, the Director of the Central Statistical Office, on the subject of maintaining public confidence in the use of official statistics; draws attention to growing concern that official statistics are being used selectively by Ministers of the Crown to misrepresent the progress of Government policies; notes the confusion over the number of homeless people due to the inadequacy of official statistics; notes that misrepresentation leads to confusion and distrust across the entire range of figures published by the Government; argues that statistics should be used to help the public understand their society, not to mislead them about it; and asks that the Government gives consideration to the establishment of a Statistical Council along the lines common in other European states to provide impartial interpretation of official statistics free from governmental or party interest.

This motion has been signed by a total of 49 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

John Evans06/12/1989St Helens NorthProposed
George Howarth06/12/1989Knowsley NorthSigned
Robert Hughes06/12/1989Aberdeen NorthSigned
David Clelland06/12/1989Tyne BridgeSigned
Ron Davies06/12/1989CaerphillySigned
Harry Barnes07/12/1989North East DerbyshireSigned
John Battle07/12/1989Leeds WestSigned
Frank Cook07/12/1989Stockton NorthSigned
Bill Michie07/12/1989Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alan Meale07/12/1989MansfieldSigned
Doug Hoyle07/12/1989Warrington NorthSigned
Dennis Skinner07/12/1989BolsoverSigned
Ronnie Campbell08/12/1989Blyth ValleySigned
John Cummings08/12/1989EasingtonSigned
Ian McCartney11/12/1989MakerfieldSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe11/12/1989LeighSigned
William McKelvey11/12/1989Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion11/12/1989Dundee EastSigned
Eric Illsley11/12/1989Barnsley CentralSigned
Jimmy Hood11/12/1989ClydesdaleSigned
Peter Hardy11/12/1989WentworthSigned
Ernie Ross11/12/1989Dundee WestSigned
Jeff Rooker11/12/1989Birmingham, Perry BarrSigned
Martin Redmond11/12/1989Don ValleySigned
Robert Parry11/12/1989Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Peter Pike11/12/1989BurnleySigned
Norman Hogg11/12/1989Cumbernauld & KilsythSigned
Joyce Quin12/12/1989Gateshead EastSigned
Alun Michael12/12/1989Cardiff South & PenarthSigned
Keith Bradley12/12/1989Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Frank Doran12/12/1989Aberdeen SouthSigned
Gerry Steinberg12/12/1989Durham, City ofSigned
Michael Welsh12/12/1989Doncaster NorthSigned
Roy Hughes13/12/1989Newport EastSigned
Win Griffiths13/12/1989BridgendSigned
Kenneth Eastham13/12/1989Manchester, BlackleySigned
Terry Patchett13/12/1989Barnsley EastSigned
Chris Smith14/12/1989Islington South & FinsburySigned
George Galloway14/12/1989Glasgow HillheadSigned
Tony Lloyd19/12/1989StretfordSigned
Jack Thompson21/12/1989WansbeckSigned
Donald Anderson08/01/1990Swansea EastSigned
Andrew Faulds11/01/1990Warley EastSigned
Alex Salmond18/01/1990Banff & BuchanSigned
Tommy Graham18/01/1990Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Audrey Wise23/01/1990PrestonSigned
Allan Rogers25/01/1990RhonddaSigned
Martyn Jones31/01/1990Clwyd South WestSigned
Norman BuchanUnknownWithdrawn

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