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Office for National Statistics
The Office for National Statistics is the UK government agency charged with the collection and publication of government statistics. Most publications can be downloaded free, and it is possible to create customised downloads too.
Where data is broken down by geographical area, this is usually done by the areas defined in the ONS coding system.
The principal areas of data collection are:
- Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry
- Commerce, Energy and Industry
- Crime and Justice
- Education and Training
- Health and Care
- Labour Market
- Natural and Built Environment
- Population and Migration
- Public Sector and Other
- Social and Welfare
- Transport, Travel and Tourism
The Office for National Statistics won the 2004 Big Brother Award for the "Most Heinous Government Organisation" from the campaigning organisation Privacy International for its Citizen Information Project. The project is one of several that lead the Government's own Information Commissioner to warn that there is a danger of the country "sleepwalking" into a surveillance society.
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