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The Census Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Delivery of forms of return

8.—(1) The census enumerator or other officer shall deliver forms of return, reply-paid envelopes and individual return envelopes in advance of census day, as follows—

(a)a Household Form and a reply-paid envelope to the householder or joint householders, or the person or persons for the time being acting as householder or joint householders, of each household occupying a dwelling or part of a dwelling mentioned in Group 1 in Schedule 1 to the Census Order or, where there is no householder or acting householder and there are no joint householders or acting joint householders of that household, to a member of that household who is aged 16 years or over on census day or, where that household consists of one person, to that person; and

(b)subject to paragraph (2) the number of Communal Establishment Forms and Individual Forms and the number of individual return envelopes which the census enumerator estimates is likely to be necessary for the purpose of the census, and a reply-paid envelope to the manager, chief resident officer, or other person for the time being in charge of any premises mentioned in Group II, III, or IV in Schedule 1 to the Census Order;

(2) A reply-paid envelope need not be delivered under paragraph (1)(b) where arrangements are made for the collection of the completed forms of return under regulation 12(5).

(3) The duty assigned to the census enumerator by paragraph (1)(a) to deliver a form of return and a reply-paid envelope and by paragraph (1)(b) to deliver a form of return and, where appropriate, an individual return envelope and a reply-paid envelope shall be satisfied—

(a)if he hands them to the appropriate person mentioned in paragraph (1) or to a responsible person claiming to act on behalf of that person;

(b)where no appropriate or responsible person is available, if he leaves them at the dwelling or premises referred to in paragraph (1); or

(c)where no appropriate or responsible person is available and it is not possible to leave them at the dwelling or premises referred to in paragraph (1), if he posts them to that dwelling or premises.

(4) The Registrar General shall make arrangements for the delivery of—

(a)the number of Communal Establishment Forms and Individual Forms, and the number of individual return envelopes which are necessary for the purpose of the census to the director or governor or other person for the time being in charge of any premises mentioned in Group V in Schedule 1 to the Census Order, the commanding officer or other person for the time being in charge of any premises or vessel mentioned in Group VI in that Schedule and to the captain, master or other person for the time being in charge of any vessel mentioned in Group VII in that Schedule;

(b)a Communal Establishment Form to a person appointed under regulation 4(d) to enumerate persons mentioned in Group VIII in Schedule 1 to the Census Order; and

(c)an Individual Form and an individual return envelope where one is requested, to every person mentioned in Group VIII in Schedule 1 to the Census Order.

(5) The person to whom forms of return, individual return envelopes and a reply-paid envelope are delivered under paragraph (1)(b) or to whom forms of return and individual return envelopes are delivered under paragraph (4)(a) shall hand an Individual Form and an individual return envelope to every prescribed person on the premises or vessel who appears to him to be capable of completing the form.

(6) Where the manager or other person in charge of any premises mentioned in Group II in Schedule 1 to the Census Order has arranged for a return with respect to a person incapable of making a return to be made by a relative or other person accompanying him, he shall hand an Individual Form and an individual return envelope to the relative or other person for that purpose.

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