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2008-09 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: Drug Use

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A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

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This report has been produced by researchers from the respected independent social research organisation TNS- BMRB working with Scottish Government Researchers in the Justice Analytical Services Department.

UK Statistics Authority - Assessment Report

Under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, the UK Statistics Authority has a statutory function to assess sets of statistics against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, with a view to determining whether it is appropriate for the statistics to be designated, or retain their designation, as National Statistics. Designation as National Statistics means that statistics are deemed to be compliant with the Code of Practice.

The statistics published from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey have been assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and have been confirmed as National Statistics. The Scottish Government will report back to the Authority by January 2010 on some specific enhancements it was to make, as identified by the Authority. The Assessment Report, which was published in September 2009, can be accessed via the following link: http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/assessment-reports/assessment-report-12---scottish-crime-and-justice-survey--15-september-2009.pdf.