Census Order

Over recent months, National Records of Scotland officials have provided evidence to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee  of the Scottish Parliament to support their consideration of the draft Census Order.

We welcome the opportunity to engage with the Committee and stand ready to deliver a census that is not only fit for this digital century but, most importantly, delivers for all of Scotland.

On 23 January 2020 the draft Census Order for Scotland’s Census 2021 was formally laid for approval by the Scottish Parliament.

We have shared the following Impact Assessments with the Committee to support consideration of the draft Census Order.

Following publication of drafts of these assessments, NRS conducted a period of stakeholder engagement to gather views and feedback on the assessments. Where appropriate, impact assessments have been updated to reflect that feedback. The Impact Assessments Stakeholder Survey Report provides more information. 

The assessment of impacts is an ongoing process and will continue up to Census day and beyond.