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Statistics Act, 1993

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Number 21 of 1993


STATISTICS ACT, 1993


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I

Preliminary and General

Section

1.

Short title.

2.

Commencement.

3.

Interpretation.

4.

Orders.

5.

Laying of orders before Houses of the Oireachtas.

6.

Expenses.

7.

Repeals and consequential provisions.

PART II

Institutional Structure — The Central Statistics Office, The Director General and The National Statistics Board

The Central Statistics Office

8.

Institutional structure.

9.

Staff of the Central Statistics Office.

10.

Functions of Office.

11.

Co-operation and liaison with other public authorities and persons.

The Director General

12.

The Director General of the Central Statistics Office.

13.

Independence on statistical matters.

14.

Access to the Taoiseach.

15.

Delegation of functions of Director General.

16.

Authenticity of documents.

17.

Appointment of temporary staff.

The National Statistics Board

18.

Composition and appointment.

19.

Function of National Statistics Board.

Officers of Statistics

20.

Officers of statistics.

21.

Declaration of secrecy.

22.

Evidence of appointment.

PART III

Collection of Information

23.

Forms.

24.

Invitation to provide information on a voluntary basis.

25.

Order by Taoiseach requiring provision of information

26.

Direction to provide information.

27.

Persons required to provide information.

28.

Issue and delivery of notices and other documents.

29.

Right of access for statistical purposes.

PART IV

Use of Records of Public Authorities for Statistical Purposes

30.

Access to records of public authorities.

31.

Co-operation of public authorities with the Office.

PART V

Protection of Information

32.

Restrictions on use of information.

33.

Prohibition on disclosure of information.

34.

Use of non-identifiable information for statistical analysis.

35.

Access to Census of Population records after 100 years.

PART VI

Offences, Penalties and Evidence

36.

Non-provision of required information.

37.

Prevention of access.

38.

Misuse of information.

39.

Abuse of office by an officer of statistics.

40.

Obstruction of Director General or officers of statistics.

41.

Impersonation of an officer of statistics.

42.

Protection of documents.

43.

Furnishing false information.

44.

Penalties.

45.

Statistical evidence in legal proceedings.


Acts Referred to

Civil Service Commissioners Act, 1956

1956, No. 45

Civil Service Regulation Act, 1956

1956, No. 46

Civil Service Regulation Act, 1958

1958, No. 34

Data Protection Act, 1988

1988, No. 25

Local Government Act, 1941

1941, No. 23

Petty Sessions (Ireland) Act, 1851

1851, c. 93

Statistics Act, 1926

1926, No. 12

Statistics Act, 1946

1946, No. 34

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Number 21 of 1993


STATISTICS ACT, 1993


AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE COLLECTION, COMPILATION, EXTRACTION AND DISSEMINATION OF OFFICIAL STATISTICS AND FOR RELATED MATTERS. [14th July, 1993]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: