Parliament and the British Census since 1920

  • Martin Bulmer


Censuses of population are the most extensive social research inquiries undertaken in modern industrial societies. They are also the most public, because of their scale and importance, and they draw attention to the research and statistical function in a way that no other inquiry does. The bodies of data which they provide are also the largest likely to be found in data archives used by social scientists. It is therefore of some interest to examine census-taking in Great Britain in the last half century from the point of view of privacy as a social issue.


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Note and References

  1. 1.
    For a fuller discussion, see B. Benjamin, The Population Census, London, Heinemann, 1970.Google Scholar
  2. 14.
    D. V. Glass, Numbering the People: the C18th population controversy and the development of census and vital statistics in Britain, Farnborough, Saxon House, 1973, esp. chapters 2 and 3.Google Scholar

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