Legislation

There are a number of statutory and legislative instruments which provide the basis for census. Further information can be found below: -

We run Scotland's Census under the Census Act 1920, which can be viewed on the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website.

In December 2008 Scottish Government ministers published proposals for the 2011 Census - Scotland’s Census 2011 - Government Statement and Supporting Documents (Link opens in a new window). These set out how questionnaires will be securely collected, processed and analysed to produce high-quality statistics.

Since then, a number of changes have been made to the assumptions made in the Government Statement, following experience gained from the 2009 Census Rehearsal as well as the parliamentary approval process for the census questions. The key changes are summarised in the Report on changes to Government Statement published in December 2008.

Census Order

A draft Census (Scotland) Order 2010 outlining who the census covers, its date and what the questionnaire asks, was approved by the Scottish Parliament in May 2010.

The approved Census (Scotland) Order 2010 is available by following this link.

Census Regulations

The Scottish Parliament approved the Census (Scotland) Regulations 2010 to set out the detailed arrangements for how Scotland’s Census was to be conducted, in May 2010.

The Census (Scotland) Regulations 2010 are available by following this linked page.

Scotland's Census 2011 household questionnaire

A specimen of the 2011 Household Questionnaire is available as a PDF file (834 kb).