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Dear UK Statistics Authority,

Please can you send me copies of the content of the statements and speeches by the Chair of UKSA. Please also include quotes in the press.

Please cover the period from the start of 2020 to date.

Previous requests along these lines have been refused because providing the information would require you "to search the inboxes and desktop files, as well as numerous business
databases, files, shared drives and personal workspaces of every member of Sir David Norgrove's Private Office, as well as Sir David's mailboxes". I did not realise that such key information would not be filed and could be spread so widely but, if that is the case, can I suggest you limit this to Sir David's own mailboxes and files. I find it hard to imagine that anything of great consequence would be found only on a "personal workspace" of a junior member of staff.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Briscoe

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Our Reference: FOI/2021/1920

 

Dear Simon

 

Thank you for your email requesting data pertaining to copies of the
content of the statements and speeches by the Chair of UKSA.

 

I am writing to confirm that the Office for National Statistics has now
completed its search for the information which you requested and the
response can be found here:

You asked:

​Please can you send me copies of the content of the statements and
speeches by the Chair of UKSA. Please also include quotes in the press.

Please cover the period from the start of 2020 to date.

 

We said:

Thank you for your request. Documents you requested are linked below, in
order of publication.

o 13 January 2020 – Consultation on the Retail Prices Index (RPI), UK
Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, Chair
of the Economic Affairs Lords Select Committee. Available
at [1]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 31 January 2020 – Response on use of statistics on school expenditure
in Wales, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Government.
Available
at [2]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 3 February 2020 – Reply to RPI CPI User Group – Authority's response
to 'Measuring Inflation' enquiry, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Tony Cox, RPI CPI User Group. Available
at [3]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 4 February 2020 – Response on Statement on Universal Credit (PMQs, 22
January 2020), UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Margaret Greenwood MP. Available
at [4]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 19 February 2020 – Comments at event: The Future Direction of the UK
Statistical System, Royal Statistical Society

o Featuring contributions from the Chair, Chief Executive, and
Director General for Regulation. Some are documented on Twitter,
in this
thread: [5]https://twitter.com/UKStatsAuth/status/1...

o 10 March 2020 – Response regarding rough sleeping statistics, UK
Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon John Healey MP. Available
at [6]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 11 March 2020 – Regarding the launch of a consultation on reform to
the methodology of the Retail Prices Index (RPI), UK Statistics
Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, Chair
of the Economic Affairs Lords Select Committee. Available
at [7]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 11 March 2020 – Response regarding Transport Scotland press release on
Aberdeen bypass, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Lewis Macdonald MSP. Available
at [8]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 11 March 2020 - Joint consultation on the future of the RPI launched
by UK Statistics Authority and HM Treasury, UK Statistics Authority
website

o Features comment from the Chair. Available
at [9]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 20 March 2020 - COVID-19 and the UK Statistics System, UK Statistics
Authority website

o Statement from the Chair. Available
at [10]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...
o Also available
at [11]https://twitter.com/UKStatsAuth/status/1...

o 16 April 2020 – RPI Consultation Extension, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Rishi Sunak, HM Treasury. Available
at [12]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 23 April 2020 – Response on school expenditure, UK Statistics
Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Government.
Available
at [13]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 11 May 2020 – Regarding COVID-19 testing, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of
State for Health and Social Care. Available
at [14]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 12 May 2020 – Response on coronavirus testing programme, UK Statistics
Authority

o Letter from the Chair Daisy Cooper MP. Available
at [15]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 16 May 2020 – Understanding exactly how coronavirus is affecting us is
the hardest job we've ever had, The Independent.

o Byline from Sir David Norgrove. Available
at [16]https://www.independent.co.uk/independen...
o Also available
at [17]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 27 May 2020 - Appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors to the UK
Statistics Authority Board, UK Statistics Authority

o Features comment from the Chair. Available
at: [18]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 28 May 2020 – Regarding COVID-19 testing, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of
State for Health and Social Care. Available
at [19]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 2 June 2020 – Regarding COVID-19 testing, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of
State for Health and Social Care. Available
at [20]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 17 June 2020 – On the comparison of daily COVID-19 death figures in
Europe, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Richard Holden MP. Available
at [21]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 22 June 2020 – Response on figures for people granted leave to remain,
UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Stephen Timms MP, Chair of the Work and
Pensions Commons Select Committee. Available
at [22]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 22 June 2020 – Response on Scottish Covid-19 testing statistics, UK
Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Monica Lennon MSP. Available
at [23]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 14 July 2020 – Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20, UK Statistics
Authority

o Features foreword from the Chair. Available
at [24]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 15 July 2020 - What our stakeholders say, UK Statistics Authority

o Features interview of the Chair by William Wragg MP, Chair of the
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Commons Select
Committee. Available
at [25]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 16 July 2020 – UK Statistics Authority Five year strategy 2020 to
2025, UK Statistics Authority

o Features foreword from the Chair. Available
at [26]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...
o Excerpts also available
here [27]https://twitter.com/UKStatsAuth/status/1...
here [28]https://twitter.com/UKStatsAuth/status/1...

o 16 July 2020  - Robust, timely data is the only way to fight
coronavirus, The Times

o Byline from Sir David Norgrove. Available
at [29]https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/robus...
o Also available
at [30]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 16 July 2020 - 'Statistics for the Public Good' new mission for
statistics over the next five years launched, UK Statistics Authority

o Features comment from the Chair. Available
at [31]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 30 July 2020 – Response on the comparison of COVID-19 prevalence in
England and Scotland, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Miles Briggs MSP. Available
at [32]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 20 October 2020 - Campion award for Excellence in Official Statistics:
2020 winners, Royal Statistical Society

o Features comment from the Chair. Available
at [33]https://rss.org.uk/news-publication/news...
o Also available
at [34]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...
o Also available
at [35]https://twitter.com/UKStatsAuth/status/1...

o 29 October 2020 - UK Statistics Authority reflects on record volumes
of casework, UK Statistics Authority

o Features comment from the Chair. Available
at [36]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 5 November 2020 - Office for Statistics Regulation calls for UK
governments to provide more transparency around COVID data, Office for
Statistics Regulation

o Features comment from the Chair. Available
at [37]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...
o With reference
to [38]https://osr.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/n...

o 5 November 2020 – RPI Consultation response, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of
England. Available
at [39]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 9 November 2020 – RPI Consultation update, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the
Exchequer. Available
at [40]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 20 November 2020 – Response on RPI Consultation update, UK Statistics
Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the
Exchequer. Available
at [41]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 25 November 2020 - Response to the joint consultation on reforming the
methodology of the Retail Prices Index, UK Statistics Authority

o Statement by the Authority features comment from the Chair and
Chief Executive. Available
at [42]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 11 December 2020 – Response on school funding statistics, UK
Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Wes Streeting MP. Available
at [43]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 21 December 2020 – Response on care home visiting statistics in
Scotland, UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Willie Rennie MSP. Available
at [44]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 9 February 2021 – Letter to William Wragg MP, Public Administration
and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC).

o Evidence submitted to PACAC's inquiry into COVID-19 data
transparency and accountability. Available at
 [45]https://committees.parliament.uk/publica...

o 10 February 2021 - OSR calls for further progress on vaccination data
in response to PACAC inquiry, Office for Statistics Regulation

o Statement highlights evidence the Chair submitted to PACAC's
inquiry into COVID-19 data transparency and accountability.
Available at
 [46]https://osr.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/n...

o 24 February 2021 - 2021 Campion Award for official statistics
launched, Royal Statistical Society

o Features comment from the Chair. Available
at [47]https://rss.org.uk/news-publication/news...
o Also available
at [48]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 10 March 2021 – Response on COVID-19 deaths data in Scotland, UK
Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Donald Cameron MSP. Available
at [49]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

o 22 March 2021 – Further response on COVID-19 deaths data in Scotland,
UK Statistics Authority

o Letter from the Chair to Donald Cameron MSP. Available
at [50]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...

Please be aware that letters from the Chair are published on the
Correspondence section of our website
([51]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...)
and news releases with comment from the Chair are published on our
website's searchable News section
([52]https://uksa.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/...).

 

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Dear FOI Team,

Hello and thanks for the response to my request.

I had also asked for: "Please also include quotes in the press." Either you did not do this or the Chair's views did not appear in the press during the relevant period. Could you please let me know? If there is a list of press cuttings can you please publish it?

Yours sincerely,

Simon Briscoe

FOI Team, UK Statistics Authority

Dear Simon,

Thank you for your email.

Regarding your clarification about ‘quotes in the press’: we have supplied all qualifying information.

For the period you requested, all statements and comments by the Chair made available to the media were through these methods: UKSA web publications, stakeholder web publications (e.g. RSS, later republished on our website), media articles (placed and written with Sir David in the byline, and then republished on our website), tweets, and official letters (which are published under ‘Correspondence’ on our website).

We do not maintain a record of all press mentions of the Chair and they are best sought directly from the outlets publishing them. Furthermore, if there were misquotes, all of the correct source material is available in the document we supplied this week.

Kind regards,
 
The Freedom of Information Team | UK Statistics Authority | Awdurdod Ystadegau’r Deyrnas Unedig
@UKStatsAuth | [email address] | http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk

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Dear FOI Team,

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Briscoe