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High Level Summary of Equality Statistics: Key Trends for Scotland 2006


Scottish Executive Statistician Group

Our Aim

To provide relevant and reliable information, analysis and advice that meets the needs of government, business and the people of Scotland.


1. To produce statistics and analysis relevant to user needs by

  • Developing our understanding of customer requirements to ensure statistics are kept relevant and analysis is well targeted;
  • Developing the range of statistics and analysis we produce;
  • Where practicable improving timeliness;
  • Providing more statistics disaggregated by age, gender and ethnicity;
  • Developing more data for small areas through the Neighbourhood Statistics project;
  • Contributing to production of comparable statistics across the UK and internationally.

2. To ensure effective use of our statistics by

  • Contributing more directly to policy processes inside and where possible outside government;
  • Improving access to and presentation of data and analysis;
  • Improving the advice provided on statistics.

3. To work effectively with users and providers by

  • Maintaining arrangements to consult and involve users and providers;
  • Involving users and providers in planning developments in outputs and processes;
  • Minimising the burden on data providers through dropping or streamlining collections as appropriate, to ensure the benefits of the information justify the costs of collection.

4. To develop the quality of statistics by

  • Assuring and improving quality as an integral part of data collection and analysis and through regular reviews in line with National Statistics quality strategy;
  • Developing statistical methods, systems and classifications;
  • Working with the rest of the Government Statistical Service to develop joint approaches/solutions where appropriate.

5. To assure the integrity of statistics by

  • Maintaining and promoting integrity through implementation of the National Statistics Code of Practice and related protocols;
  • Safeguarding the confidentiality of data subjects.

6. To ensure the efficient and effective delivery of statistics products and services by

  • Making best use of all sources including administrative sources;
  • Working with other analysts to maximise the contribution of our own and other analysts' work;
  • Ensuring value for money;
  • Making best use of Information and Communications Technology;
  • Ensuring effective communication within the Statistician Group.

7. To develop our workforce and competences

  • Ensuring recruitment of staff with the necessary skills and potential;
  • Ensuring development of expertise amongst existing staff;
  • Promoting and upholding the standards of the statistics profession.

This is a National Statistics publication

"This is a National Statistics publication. It has been produced to high professional standards set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice Protocol. http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about_ns/cop/

These statistics undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference."

Details of pre-release access will be provided in the Scottish Executive Statistics Website under 'Forthcoming Publications'

Correspondence and enquiries

Enquiries on High Level Summary of Statistics should be addressed to:

General enquiries on Scottish Executive statistics can be addressed to:

Charles Brown
Office of the Chief Statistician
Scottish Executive
3 rd Floor West rear, St Andrews House

Telephone: 0131 244 0324
Fax: 0131 244 5427
e-mail: charles.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Ryan Stewart
Office of the Chief Statistician
Scottish Executive
3 Floor West Rear, St Andrews House

Telephone: (0131) 244 0442;
Fax: (0131) 244 0335
e-mail: statistics.enquiries@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Advice on specific areas of Scottish Executive statistical work can be obtained from staff at the telephone numbers below:

Scottish Executive Statistics contacts

Schools - qualifications

(0131) 244 0315

Schools - pupils and teachers

(0131) 244 1689

Further and Higher Education

(0141) 242 0273

The Economy

(0131) 244 2234

Labour market

(0141) 242 5446


(0141) 242 5446

Income, Tax and Benefits

(0131) 244 2583

Local government finance

(0131) 244 7033

Environment, planning & local government staffing

(0131) 244 0445


(0131) 244 0442


(0131) 244 7236


(0131) 244 7255


(0131) 244 3432

Community Care

(0131) 244 3777

Social Justice

(0131) 244 0442

Scottish Executive personnel

(0131) 244 3926

Agricultural census and labour force

(0131) 244 6150


(0131) 244 6441

Courts and law

(0131) 244 2227

Recorded crime

(0131) 244 2635


(0131) 244 2147

Other contacts for Scottish statistics

Forestry Commission

(0131) 314 6337

The Scottish Funding Councils for Higher and Further Education

(0131) 313 6575

General Register Office for Scotland

- Vital statistics and publications
- Population statistics, census statistics or digital boundary products

(0131) 314 4243
(0131) 314 4254

For general enquiries about National Statistics in the United Kingdom Government contact the National Statistics Public Enquiry Service on

020 7533 5888
minicom: 01633 812399
Email: info@statistics.gov.uk
Fax: 01633 652747


room DG/18,
1 Drummond Gate,

You can also find National Statistics on the internet - go to www.statistics.gov.uk

If you would like to be consulted about new or existing statistical collections or to receive notification of forthcoming statistical publications, please register your statistical interest on the Scottish Executive ScotStat web site at www.scotland.gov.uk/scotstat. Current staff names, e-mail addresses and the publications listed below as well as a range of other statistical publications can be found on the Scottish Executive Web site at www.scotland.gov.uk/stats. Further information on the General Register Office for Scotland is available on the website www.gro-scotland.gov.uk.

Most recent Statistical Publications relating to the Social and Welfare theme



Last published



Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation - General Report




High Level Summary of Equality Statistics




Social Focus on Deprived Areas




Analysis of religion in the 2001 Census




Social Focus on Disability




Analysis of Ethnicity in the 2001 Census




Social Focus on Urban Rural Scotland




Social Focus on Women and Men



Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics - Website [ http://www.scotland.gov.uk/SNS]



Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2006 - Website [ http://www.scotland.gov.uk/SIMD)



Additional copies of these publications may be purchased from Scottish Executive Publication Sales, Blackwell's Bookshop, 53 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS, Telephone: 0131 622 8283 or 0131 622 8258, Fax: 0131 557 8148 or 0131 557 8149. Cheques should be made payable to 'Blackwell's Bookshop'.

Complaints and suggestions

If you are not satisfied with our service, please write to the Chief Statistician, Mr Rob Wishart, 3R02, St Andrews House, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG, Telephone: (0131) 244 0302, e-mail rob.wishart@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. We also welcome any comments or suggestions that would help us to improve our standards of service.