The Royal Statistical Society is continuing its ‘getstats in Parliament’ series with two more lunchtime panel events. RSS members are invited although spaces are extremely limited.
The next event, titled: ‘MPs – what do you know about your constituency? How to get the evidence and the statistics’ is aimed at MPs and peers. It takes place in Portcullis House, Westminster, on Tuesday 2 July 2013 (1-2 pm, preceded by a light lunch).
Mark Easton, home editor of BBC News will chair the event. Panellists include Bernard Jenkin MP, chair of Public Administration Select Committee; Professor Danny Dorling from the University of Sheffield; and Aleks Collingwood from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Contributions will also be made by Richard Cracknell from the House of Commons Library and Ross Young of the UK Statistics Authority on the 2011 Census and the case for improving constituency data respectively.
The event will address questions such as: Where do MPs and their staff go for the latest, most accurate evidence? Is the data broken down by constituency or do they have to work with figures relating to council areas or even regions? Who is guaranteeing the data is accurate? How up-to-date is census data? Could it come on stream quicker? Is enough use made of information generated by the NHS, councils and the government itself?
A further event, ‘Counting them in and counting them out’ is scheduled for Thursday 24 October 2013. This will examine the issue of immigration and migration. Further details are available on the getstats website.