The Prime Ministerís Instructions (1999) set out the
guidelines for the control of statistical surveys carried out
across UK Government. Statistical surveys are controlled in order
to minimise costs to respondents and promote high quality
for further information.
Compliance costs are an estimate, in monetary terms, of the time
taken by businesses and local authorities to complete a survey.
They are estimated using the time taken to complete a survey
multiplied by an hourly rate of pay dependent on the experience
of the person completing the survey. Hourly rates of pay are
provided each year by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The annual report and a forward compliance cost plan on
statistical survey activity in the DTI provide details on the
types of current survey activity and the associated costs to
government, local authorities and business. Costs to businesses
and local authorities are termed compliance costs.
Annual Report of Survey Activity 2007/08 (PDF
Forward Compliance Plan 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11
Annual Report of Survey Activity in 2006/07
Forward Compliance Plan 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10
Annual Report of Survey Activity in 2005/06 (PDF
Forward Compliance Plan 2006/07, 2007/08 & 2008/09 (PDF
Last updated on
15 September, 2008