Alternative release times requested under the Code of Practice for Statistics

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)

Date considered (yyyy/mm/dd)

Topic area(s)

Office for National StatiticsPublic Sector Classification Guide and Forward Work PlanApproved2022/08/26Economy
Office for National StatisticsCPIH-consistent inflation rate estimates for UK household groupsApproved2022/08/24Economy
Office for National StatisticsUK Trust in Government Survey reportApproved2022/06/29Population and Society
Welsh GovernmentWelsh Government’s Census 2021 topic summaries for WalesApproved – now reverted to 9.30am release time2022/10/14Population and Society
Welsh GovernmentWelsh Government’s Population and household estimates for WalesApproved2022/06/22Population and Society
National Records of ScotlandWeekly deaths involving COVID-19 for week commencing 30 May 2022Approved2022/05/20Population and Society
Office for National StatisticsCensus 2021 data in England and WalesApproved2022/05/13Population and Society
Scottish GovernmentCOVID-19 Infection Survey ResultsApproved2022/05/05Health and Social Care
HM Revenue and CustomsTax receipts and National Insurance contributions for the UK, Earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time InformationApproved2022/04/26Economy
HM Revenue and CustomsVAT gap estimatesApproved2022/04/26Economy
UK Health Security AgencySeasonal flu and COVID vaccine uptake statisticsApproved2022/04/08Health and Social Care
Department of Health, Northern IrelandVaccination status statisticsApproved2021/11/15Health and Social Care
Office for National StatisticsCoronavirus (COVID-19) weekly insights: Key health indicators in EnglandApproved2020/11/27Health and Social Care
Welsh GovernmentCOVID-19 Infection Survey ResultsApproved2020/09/29Health and Social Care
Department of Health, Northern IrelandCOVID-19 Infection Survey ResultsApproved2020/09/29Health and Social Care
Office for National StatisticsCoronavirus (Covid-19) Infection Survey statisticsApproved2020/07/17Health and Social Care
Department for EducationAttendance at education and childcare setting during coronavirus outbreakApproved2020/06/19Children, Education and Skills
Department of Health, Northern IrelandDaily COVID-19 statistics dashboardApproved2020/05/01Health and Social Care
Public Health ScotlandWeekly COVID-19 reportApproved2020/04/24Health and Social Care
Welsh GovernmentKey economic statisticsApproved2020/03/27Economy
Scottish GovernmentLabour market, public sector employment statistics - key economic statsApproved2020/03/27Economy
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research AgencyMarket sensitive economic statistics - Labour Market Report (Monthly)
Quarterly Employment Survey
Office for National StatisticsMarket sensitive economic statisticsApproved2020/03/24Economy
Welsh GovernmentMid-year population estimates, Electoral roll statistics, National population projectionsApproved2018/03/22Population and Society
Department for EducationKey stage 2 assessment resultsApproved2016/07/05Children, Education and Skills
Home OfficeScientific Procedures on Living AnimalsApproved2015/06/25Crime and Security


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