Data and Statistics Bill

Part 7 General and miscellaneous provisions

Subpart 1—General provisions

90 Statistician may provide written set standards

(1)

The Statistician may provide written set standards in relation to—

(a)

the production and communication of official statistics; and

(b)

data or statistical collections held by public sector agencies that—

(i)

could be used by the Statistician or any public sector agency for statistical production; or

(ii)

could be made available by the Statistician for research under Part 5; and

(c)

the manner of collecting or managing data that—

(i)

could be used by the Statistician or any public sector agency for statistical production; or

(ii)

could be made available by the Statistician for research under Part 5; and

(d)

the access and use of data for research under Part 5 and the publication of results and methodologies of the research.

(2)

The Statistician may apply the whole or any part of the standards, with any variations that the Statistician thinks fit in any particular case, to the following by written notice to each agency concerned:

(a)

all public sector agencies; or

(b)

particular public sector agencies or classes of public sector agencies.

(3)

The standards applied under subsection (2) are guidance for the agencies to which they apply.

(4)

Despite subsection (3), the Statistician may specify in a notice under subsection (2) that the whole or any part of any standard, subject to any variations specified by the Statistician under that subsection, is a mandatory requirement.

(5)

Standards set under this section and any notice under subsection (2) must be in writing.