Amend clause 5 such that ministers no longer have the ability to delay publication of official statistics beyond a period of 24 hours pre-release access.

Introduce penalties for leaks of official statistics for political advantage during the pre-release period.

The full Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order can be found here.

Why is this idea important?

This would improve transparency in government and reduce pressures on government statisticians to act in a way that is not impartial.

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