In times of economic stress such as these the government might be open to any idea that could generate useful revenue and the 1921 census is one such project.
A way to generate income, provide jobs and boost the economy all at the same time without making cuts.
Such a policy must be popular with the electorate.
The National Audit Office report on the release of the 1901 census stated that the internet access to the 1901 generated revenues of £4.5 million by October 2003, less than one year.
In five years that amounts to a conservative sum of £22.5 million and useful figure for even a government to play with.
A group of MPs suggested the 1911 census could develop revenue of 40 million pounds per annum
There were no sensitive questions on the schedule-
Name & Surname, Relationship to Head, Age, Sex, Married or Orphaned, Birthplace, Nationality, School, Occupation, Employment, Place of work, Total Children Under 15, Ages of Children. – so there is no need to redact columns.
In addition releasing the census would purge misconceptions raised by a previous Registrar General, Len Cook when he pledge on the 1981, 1991 census that the schedules would remain closed for 100 years. A pledge he later admitted in a letter to parliament he had no authority to give.
This would not cost goverment or taxpayers one penny as private companies would be queuing up to digitise, transcribe and host the 1921 Census
Why is this idea important?
The idea is important as it could provide much needed employment.
Provide very useful revenue
Correct misconceptions and errors made when MPs were mislead in parliament
That in turn would show committment to opening up parliament and correcting previous mistakes.
There is in fact nothing to prevent my suggestion being carried out other than the will of parliament.
If this government is truly committed to openness, freedoms, raising revenue without taxing the population cutting, the deficit and providing employment they will take up this suggestion.