Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Act 2021

JurisdictionScotland
Citation2021 asp 11


Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Act 2021

2021 asp 11

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about restricting pre-release access to certain official statistics; and for connected purposes.

[21 April 2021]

S-1 Pre-release access to official statistics: rules and principles

1 Pre-release access to official statistics: rules and principles

(1) The Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 is amended as follows.

(2) In section 11 (pre-release access), after subsection (5), insert—

(5A) Subsections (2) to (5) are subject to section 11A.”.

(3) After section 11, insert—

S-11A

11A

11A. Restrictions on provision by Scottish Ministers for rules and principles for pre-release access

(1) Rules and principles provided for by the Scottish Ministers by order made under section 11(2) on or after the day on which this section comes into force may not provide for the granting of pre-release access to official statistics on Scotland’s gross domestic product or Scottish retail sales (whether by volume or value).

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to provision made under section 11(2) to give effect to a recommendation contained in the report laid before the Scottish Parliament in accordance with section 3 of the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Act 2021.

(3) Rules and principles provided for by the Scottish Ministers by order under section 11(2) may not allow pre-release access to economic statistics for a period exceeding 1 working day before publication.

(4) In subsection (3), “economic statistics”—

(a)

includes official statistics concerning devolved and local taxes, local government finance, labour productivity, exports, capital and revenue outturn budget estimates, government expenditure and revenue, oil production and gas production; but

(b)

does not include statistics produced by the Scottish Ministers in the exercise of a function which is exercisable by them pursuant to an Order made under section 63(1)(a) of the Scotland Act 1998.

(5) Subsections (1) and (3) do not prevent the Scottish Ministers from providing in rules and principles made by order under section 11—

(a)

for the granting of pre-release access to official statistics on Scotland’s gross domestic product or Scottish retail sales (whether by volume or value);

(b)

that there should be no maximum period for pre-release access to official statistics,

in respect of cases where the condition set out in subsection (6) is met.

(6) That condition is that the person responsible...

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