Census of Production Act 1906

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1906 c. 49

Census of Production Act, 1906

(6 Edw. 7.) CHAPTER 49.

An Act to provide for taking a Census of Production.

[21st December 1906]

B E it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Periodical census.

1 Periodical census.

1. A census of production shall be taken in the year one thousand nine hundred and eight, and subsequently at such intervals as may be determined by an order made by the Board of Trade as soon as practicable after the taking of the first census and laid before Parliament.

S-2 Central authority for and expenses of census.

2 Central authority for and expenses of census.

(1) The Board of Trade shall superintend the taking of the census, and shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, prepare and issue such forms and instructions as they deem necessary for the taking of the census.

(2) The expenses incurred, with the approval of the Treasury, for the purpose of the census shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament.

S-3 Preparing and filling up of schedules.

3 Preparing and filling up of schedules.

(1) Forms shall be prepared for the purpose of being filled up by the persons specified in the schedule to this Act with such of the following particulars in respect of the calendar year next preceding the date of the census, or any prescribed part of that year, as may be prescribed; that is to say, the nature of the trade or business, and particulars relating to the output, the number of days on which work was carried on, the number of persons employed, and the power used or generated, and relating to such other matters of a like nature, except the amount of wages, as may be found to be necessary for the purpose of enabling the quantity and value of production to be ascertained: Provided that—

(a ) If in any case it is found inconvenient to furnish such particulars as respects the calendar year, the Board of Trade may allow the particulars to be furnished as respects some other period of twelve months or prescribed part thereof;

(b ) In order to enable the Board of Trade to compile, as far as practicable, statistics of the net value of production without duplication, the prescribed particulars as to output may include particulars as to the aggregate estimated value of the materials used and the total amount paid to contractors for work given out to them; and

(c ) Particulars as to the quantity of output shall not be required, except in the case of articles the quantity of which is, on their importation into of exportation from the United Kingdom, required by the official import or export list to be entered, nor shall such particulars be required in greater detail than in those lists.

(2) It shall be the duty of every person specified in the schedule to this Act, upon receiving notice in writing from the Board of Trade to that effect, to fill up, and sign, and to deliver in such manner as may be prescribed, on or before the prescribed date, such date not to be less than three months after the issue of the forms, the form appropriate to his trade or business.

(3) The Board of Trade shall issue to every person required to make a return under this Act the form to be filled up by him.

S-4 Report to Parliament.

4 Report to Parliament.

4. As soon as practicable after any census is complete the Board of Trade shall present to Parliament a report of their proceedings under this Act, and a summary of the statistics compiled from the returns under this Act, and from such other information as the Board are able to obtain; such summary shall include a separate statement of the statistics obtained in Ireland, and a similar separate statement for Scotland.

S-5 Inter-departmental arrangements.

5 Inter-departmental arrangements.

(1) The Secretary of State may, as respects any factory, workshop, mine, or quarry, issue and collect any of the forms under this Act by arrangement with the Board of Trade, and in such case shall have the same powers and duties for the purpose as are by this Act conferred on the Board of Trade: Provided that the Board of Trade shall not transfer its powers to make rules under section eight.

(2) The Secretary of State may, if he thinks fit, by arrangement with the Board of Trade, cause any statistical returns, which under any other enactment he is authorised to obtain with respect to factories, workshops, mines, or quarries, to be collected at the same time, and, if convenient, on the same forms as returns under this Act.

S-6 Prohibition against publishing individual returns.

6 Prohibition against publishing individual returns.

(1) No individual return, and no part of an individual return,...

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