Data and Statistics Bill

24 Joint collections

(1)

The Statistician may, with the approval of the Minister, enter into an agreement with 1 or more public sector agencies for the collection, jointly with the Statistician, of data that the agency has, or agencies have, authority to collect for the performance of its, or their, functions or activities.

(1)

The Statistician may, with the approval of the Minister, enter into an agreement with 1 or more public sector agencies for the collection, jointly with the Statistician, of data that

(a)

the agency has, or agencies have, authority to collect for the performance of its, or their, functions or activities; and

(b)

the Statistician considers is necessary or desirable to enable the Statistician to produce official statistics.

(2)

The manner in which data to which the agreement applies may be collected is by the making of requests by the Statistician under section 23.

(3)

A request by the Statistician for data to which an agreement applies must—

(a)

state that the data is being collected by the Statistician under an agreement with the agency or agencies; and

(b)

specify—

(i)

that the data may be disclosed to an agency that is a party to the agreement; and

(ii)

the purposes for which the data will or may be used under subsection (5).

(4)

The Statistician may, for the purpose in subsection (5) only, disclose to an agency that is a party to the agreement any data to which the agreement applies that is collected by the Statistician.

(5)

The purpose of the disclosure under subsection (4) is for the production by that agency of official statistics, or for research by the agency.

(6)

An agency to which data is disclosed under subsection (4) may publish or otherwise disclose the data only in a form that could not reasonably be expected to identify any individual or organisation (subject to the exception in subsection (7)).

(6)

An agency to which data is disclosed under subsection (4) must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the agency does not publish or otherwise disclose the data in a form that could reasonably be expected to identify any individual or organisation.

(7)

Subsection (6) does not prevent the publication or other disclosure of identifying data about an individual or organisation if—

(a)

the individual, or, as the case may be, a competent officer of the organisation has authorised the publication or other disclosure; or

(b)

the Statistician authorises the publication or other disclosure of data and the publication or other disclosure of data is of a type described in section 39(2)(b) to (e).