Section 17 Principles and procedures
84.This section requires the Board to prepare and publish a statement of the principles and procedures it will adopt to carry out its assessments and re-assessments of National Statistics. It allows the Board to revise this statement at any time, and requires the Board to consult the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers, the Department of Finance and Personnel for Northern Ireland, and other such persons as it sees fit. These principles will be for the Board to determine, but it is expected that they might indicate the way that risk-based approaches and transparency might underpin the assessment of National Statistics, including:
the criteria that might be applied in drawing up and amending the work programme;
the way that assessments themselves will be conducted;
the way recommendations will be formulated;
the timing and manner of publication of recommendations; and
the professional standards expected of those conducting the assessment.