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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2000 No. 194


The Census (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000


15th June 2000

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

16th June 2000

Coming into force

7th July 2000

The Scottish Ministers, in exercise of powers conferred upon them by section 3(1) of the Census Act 1920(1) and of all other powers enabling them in that behalf, hereby make the following Regulations:

Citation, commencement, interpretation and extent

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Census (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 and shall come into force on 7th July 2000.

(2) In these Regulations, the “principal Regulations” means the Census (Scotland) Regulations 2000(2).

(3) These Regulations extend to Scotland only.

Amendment of the principal Regulations

2.—(1) The principal Regulations shall be amended in accordance with the following paragraphs.

(2) Regulation 5 of, and Schedule 1 to, the principal Regulations are omitted.

(3) In regulation 8 (delivery of forms of return)—

(a)at the end of paragraph (3)(a)(iii), the word “and” is omitted;

(b)at the end of paragraph (3) there is inserted:—

; and

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

(c)in paragraph (4), for “(1)” there is substituted “(1)(b)”.

(4) In regulation 9 (particulars to be completed by census enumerators), after paragraph (3) there is inserted the following:—

(4) When a Communal Establishment Form is delivered in accordance with regulation 8(3)(c), the person appointed under regulation 4(1)(d)(ii) shall complete the section titled “This section to be completed by the census enumerator” and the box titled “Persons Sleeping Rough”..

(5) In regulation 10 (issue of individual forms of return in private households), after the words “(“the elector”)”, there is inserted the words “or a person acting on his behalf”.

(6) In regulation 12 (return of completed forms of return), after paragraph (6) there is inserted the following:—

(7) The Registrar General may make such other arrangements for the collection of the particulars prescribed by the Census Order to be stated in the returns, as he thinks fit..

(7) For the forms set out in Schedule 3 to the principal Regulations (forms of return for 2001 Census), there are substituted the forms set out in the Schedule to these Regulations.


A member of the Scottish Executive

St Andrew’s House,


15th June 2000

Regulation 2(7)


Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations, which extend to Scotland only, amend the Census (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (“the principal Regulations”), which made provision for the detailed arrangements necessary for the conduct of the census directed to be taken by the Census (Scotland) Order 2000.

These Regulations substitute new forms of return to be completed in accordance with the Census (Scotland) Order 2000 (as amended by the Census (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000 (S.S.I. 2000/) which are set out in Schedule 3 to the principal Regulations (regulation 2(7)).

In particular, the forms are amended to include a more detailed question on ethnicity and so as to include two questions on religion. The questions on religion are voluntary questions. By virtue of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2000 asp3, there are no criminal penalties for failing to answer the questions on religion. Also, the communal establishment form is amended.

The Regulations allow the Registrar General to make such arrangements as he thinks fit for the collection of particulars to be stated in forms of return (regulation 2(6)).

The Regulations revoke regulation 5 of, and Schedule 1 to, the principal Regulations (form of undertaking) (regulation 2(2)).

The Regulations also make other minor technical and drafting amendments.


1920 c. 41; by virtue of section 9(1) (substituted by S.I. 1996/273, Schedule 2, paragraph 3 and amended by S.I. 1999/1820), section 3(1), in its application to Scotland, confers powers on the Secretary for Scotland. The functions of the Secretary of State were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46).

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