§ Miss Melanie Johnson
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. John Horam, dated 28 July 2000:As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question on Omnibus Survey (133412).The Omnibus Survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is a multi-purpose survey which runs eight times a year and is carried out on behalf of government departments, public bodies, charities and academics. The Omnibus interview is in two parts. The first part consists of a set of core classificatory questions about respondents that remains unchanged from survey to survey; the second, larger, part consists of a series of unrelated modules on varying topics that are included in the survey at the request of customers. The modules are generally different for each round of the survey, although some customers may ask us to include the same modules in several rounds or at regular intervals.There are many questions on the current. July, Omnibus survey therefore rather than printing in Hansard I have arranged for copies to be placed in the House of Commons Library.