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Breaches of the Code of Practice

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Breaches of the Code of Practice


Breaches of principles, or associated protocols, within the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (which came into effect from January 2009) occur in situations where non-observance of the Code was not approved in advance by the National Statistician or Head of Profession (Chief Statistician or Registrar General in Scotland). An example would be a deliberate, or inadvertent, ‘leak’ to the press.

If a breach to the Code of Practice for Official Statistics occurs then a report is submitted to the UK Statistics Authority. These breach reports are provided below:

Breaches from January 2009

Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland

Births, deaths and other vital events – Third quarter 2019

Life Tables for Scotland 2016-2018

Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends 2009: Scottish Interim Life Tables, August 2010  (PDF 63 KB)

Breaches prior to January 2009

Prior to January 2009 our statistics were produced according to the National Statistics Code of Practice (further information can be found on the Office for National Statistics website).

2007 Mid-year Population Estimates for Scotland, July 2008 (PDF 19 Kb)