White Paper on Scottish independence: implications for national statistics

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The Scottish Government's White Paper on independence, published yesterday (26 November 2013), has set out details regarding the future of official statistics in Scotland in the event of a 'yes' vote.

In order to meet EU requirements to have an independent National Statistics Institute (NSI), the National Records of Scotland (NRS) would be designated as the Scottish NSI (it is already a non-ministerial department). This would be likely to involve relocation and modification of some functions to ensure it provides the full coverage of topics expected of a NSI.

In addition, there would be a Scottish body providing the scrutiny function of the UK Statistics Authority – initially using the same Code of Practice.

There are no details in the White Paper as yet on the future of the production of official statistics, as these will be taken forward via discussions with stakeholders over the coming months. Scotland's chief statistician Roger Halliday will be addressing the RSS in Glasgow in March 2014, where these issues will be discussed.

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