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Remit and Membership

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  • Advise the Scottish Government on priorities for data collection/analysis
  • Comment on the Scottish Government Statistical Plan, specifically considering cross cutting issues
  • Promote the use of statistics in the development of evidence-based policy
  • Advise on the structure of ScotStat (the user/provider consultation network).
  • Advise and comment on Committee work plans, ensuring that all relevant issues are being taken forward and that any areas of overlap are addressed
  • Recommendations on data collection where gaps or inadequacies are revealed.
  • Consider quality and methodological issues
  • Consider and discuss issues raised by the ScotStat committees and also possibly by the UK Statistics Authority.
  • Where necessary, the Board will be able to set up working groups that will report directly back to it, to examine specific issues particularly cross cutting issues (e.g. dissemination of information or social justice).
  • The Board will offer advice on prioritisation of funds in order to help support its recommendations. It will have links to the UK wide user/consultation network, facilitated by the Secretariat.


Name Organisation Representing / Role
Roger Halliday SG: Chief Statistician ScotStat Board Chair

Stuart Ashworth

Quality Meat Scotland Agriculture Committee
Jenny Boag Falkirk Council Population & Migration Committee
David Connolly MVA Consultancy Transport & Travel Committee
Hervey Gibson Cogent Strategies International Ltd Economic Statistics Consultation Group
Ed Mackey Scottish Natural Heritage Natural Environment Committee
Susan McVie Edinburgh University Crime & Justice Committee
Mary Sweetland Royal Statistical Society Royal Statistical Society
Simon Wakefield Scottish Parliament (SPICe) Scottish Parliament
Zhan McIntyre South Ayrshire Council Local Government
Duncan Smith Renfrewshire Council Local Government
Morag Walker South Lanarkshire Council Local Government
Fiona Hutchison Museum Galleries Scotland Cultural Sector organisations
Stuart Booker Fife Council Schools and education data users
Karen Facey Evidence Based Health Policy Consultant Health statistics users
Sandy Stewart UK Statistics Authority UK Statistics Authority


If there are any issues you would like to see raised with the ScotStat Board please email statistics.enquiries@scotland.gsi.gov.uk