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S5W-06194: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-05809 by Mark McDonald on 13 January 2017, what is meant by 395 registrations "could not be assigned to a local authority", as noted in Table (a); how many registrations in this category there have been in each of the last five years, and how the cost of these registrations is met.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 26 January 2017

The census process has changed since 2011 and this problem can no longer occur. We conduct a pre-survey prior to the main census in September, checking which centres should be involved in the census, and returns are now validated by the local authorities.

For the 2011 census the information received from certain local authority run centres could not be assigned to a local authority as during the quality assurance process, the identification number provided by the centres involved had been deemed invalid. This resulted in 395 registrations being excluded from the census results.