The law provides for a census to be taken not less than five years after the previous census. However, every census requires further legislation which details how a particular census is to be run. A census is taken in Scotland by the Registrar General for Scotland under the Census Act 1920.

The Act requires us to prepare a number of legislative instruments which provide the basis for census. These are the Census Order and Census Regulations.

Census Order

A draft Census (Scotland) Order outlining who the census covers, its date and what the questionnaire asks, will be set before the Scottish Parliament to consider. Further information on this will be provided as it becomes available.

Census Regulations

The Scottish Parliament will also be asked to consider Census (Scotland) Regulations which will set out detailed arrangements for how Scotland’s Census 2021 will be conducted. Further information on this will be provided here as it becomes available.