Dear Jackie


We have reviewed the actions that you and your team have taken to address the requirements in Assessment Report number 340: DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates.

On behalf of the Board of the UK Statistics, I am pleased to confirm designation of National Statistics status for the following DCMS statistics:

  • DCMS Sector Economic Estimates: GVA
  • DCMS Sector Economic Estimates: Regional GVA
  • DCMS Sector Economic Estimates: Business Demographics
  • DCMS Sector Economic Estimates: Employment

As previously discussed, the designation of the DCMS Sector Economics Estimates: Trade is contingent on ongoing work by ONS to improve the quality of the data that underpin your trade statistics.

During this assessment DCMS staff involved in implementing the enhancements arising from the assessment have shown enthusiasm and commitment to improving the value and quality of these statistics. We welcome particularly the improvements the team has made to your publications, for example providing greater clarity on the definitions of the DCMS sectors, and of alternative sources of information. We also particularly welcome your team’s ongoing work with communications colleagues to ensure these statistics are explained clearly to the public.

We welcome the progress so far in establishing the longer-term review of the DCMS sector definitions. I look forward to hearing of progress, which might most naturally happen through regular catch ups with our Culture and Identity theme lead.

We have included more detail about our judgement in an annex to this letter. I, or my team, would be very happy to talk you or your colleagues through any aspects of this letter or Code compliance more generally.

National Statistics status means that official statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value and is something to be celebrated. We invite you to include a statement alongside the statistics which reflects the National Statistics status.

Yours sincerely

Ed Humpherson
Director General for Regulation


Related Links:

Assessment Report 340: DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates