Dear Steph, 

Thank you for your letter of 21 June 2022 requesting an alternative release time for: 

  • Welsh Government’s Population and household estimates for Wales (1100am, 28 June 2022) 
  • Welsh Government’s Census 2021 topic summaries for Wales (1230pm, date tbc) 

In both cases your requests for alternative release times have had Welsh users at its centre. The first release of Census 2021 data for Wales will align with the release of census data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), given the requirements to lay the first census results before UK Parliament and the plans to present the results before Senedd Cymru.

For the Census 2021 topic summaries for Wales, your request for alternative release time will allow the publication of tailored outputs on the same day as the as the planned topic summaries from the ONS. I agree that this will add public value for users looking for statistics about Wales. 

I am therefore happy to approve your request. Thank you for sharing your plans to inform users of the release arrangements and the reasons for the alternative timing. 

Yours sincerely

Ed Humpherson
Director General for Regulation