Edition 2.1 of the Code of Practice for Statistics introduced alternative release times in May 2022. While the standard release time remains as 9.30am, the change enables producers of official statistics to request approval to publish at a time other than 9.30am if it better serves the public good.
Applications are considered by the Director General for Regulation considering the evidence provided by the head of profession for statistics on user need, independence, transparency, and the orderliness of the release.
Further information about alternative release times is given in our policy page.
Practice T3.6 states:
Statistics should be available to all users at the same time. The standard release time is 9.30am on a weekday. In circumstances when it better serves the public good for statistics to be released at an alternative time, the Director General for Regulation may approve the change. The time of release (whether the standard time or an alternative agreed with the Director General for Regulation) should be announced in advance and adhered to consistently.
Alternative release times considered by the Director General for Regulation on behalf of the UK Statistics Authority
Decision (approved or rejected)
|Office for National Statistics||Census 2021 data in England and Wales||Approved||13 May 2022||Population and Society|
|Department for Education||Attendance at education and childcare setting during coronavirus outbreak||Approved||19 June 2020||Children, Education and Skills|
|Department for Education||Key stage 2 assessment results||Approved||05 July 2016||Children, Education and Skills|
|Department of Agriculture and Rural Development||NI weekly Agricultural Market Report||Approved||14 October 2011||Transport, Environment and Climate Change|
|Department of Health, Northern Ireland||Daily COVID-19 statistics dashboard||Approved||01 May 2020||Health and Social Care|
|Department of Health, Northern Ireland||COVID-19 Infection Survey Results||Approved||29 September 2020||Health and Social Care|
|HM Revenue and Customs||Tax receipts and National Insurance contributions for the UK, Earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information||Approved||26 April 2022||Economy|
|HM Revenue and Customs||VAT gap estimates||Approved||26 April 2022||Economy|
|Home Office||Scientific Procedures on Living Animals||Approved||25 June 2015||Crime and Security|
|Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency||Market sensitive economic statistics - Labour Market Report (Monthly)|
Quarterly Employment Survey
|Approved||27 March 2020||Economy|
|Office for National Statistics||Coronavirus (Covid-19) Infection Survey statistics||Approved||17 July 2020||Health and Social Care|
|Office for National Statistics||Coronavirus (COVID-19) weekly insights: Key health indicators in England||Approved||27 November 2020||Health and Social Care|
|Office for National Statistics||Market sensitive economic statistics||Approved||24 March 2020||Economy|
|Public Health Scotland||Weekly COVID-19 report||Approved||24 April 2020||Health and Social Care|
|Scottish Government||COVID-19 Infection Survey Results||Approved||05 May 2022||Health and Social Care|
|Scottish Government||Labour market, public sector employment statistics - key economic stats||Approved||27 March 2020||Economy|
|Welsh Government||Key economic statistics||Approved||27 March 2020||Economy|
|Welsh Government||COVID-19 Infection Survey Results||Approved||29 September 2020||Health and Social Care|
|Welsh Government||Mid-year population estimates, Electoral roll statistics, National population projections||Approved||22 March 2018||Population and Society|
|UK Health Security Agency||Seasonal flu and COVID vaccine uptake statistics||Approved||08 April 2022||Health and Social Care|
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