Census Act 1920

3 Regulations with respect to proceedings for taking census. E+W+S

(1)For the purpose of enabling any Order in Council directing a census to be taken to be carried into effect, [F1the Minister for the Cabinet Office in relation to England, the Welsh Ministers in relation to Wales and the Scottish Ministers in relation to Scotland] may make regulations—

(a)providing for the division of the country into districts for the purpose of the census and the appointment of persons to act in those districts in connection with the census;

(b)requiring F2. . . such F2. . . persons as may be employed for the purpose of the census, to perform such duties in connection with the taking of the census as may be prescribed;

(c)requiring persons employed for the purpose of the census to make a statutory declaration with respect to the performance of their duties, and authorising any [F3employee of the Statistics Board (in relation to England and Wales) or any registrar (in relation to Scotland)] to take such a declaration;

(d)requiring the chief officers of public or charitable institutions, or of any other institutions prescribed by the regulations, to make returns with respect to the inmates thereof;

(e)requiring information to be given to the persons liable to make returns by the persons with respect to whom the returns are to be made;

(f)with respect to the forms to be used in the taking of a census;

(g)making provision with respect to any other matters with respect to which it is necessary to make provision for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of the Order in Council.

[F4(1A)The Minister for the Cabinet Office and the Welsh Ministers respectively must consult the Statistics Board before making regulations under subsection (1).]

(2)Every regulation made under this section shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament as soon as may be after it is made, and, if an address is presented to His Majesty by either House within the next subsequent twenty days on which that House has sat next after any such regulation is laid before it praying that the regulation may be annulled, His Majesty in Council may annul the regulation, and it shall thenceforth be void, but without prejudice to the validity of anything done thereunder.

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Subordinate Legislation Made

P1S. 3: For previous exercise of power see Index to Government Orders

P2S. 3: s. 3(1): power exercised by S.I. 1991/796

Amendments (Textual)

F2Words in s. 3(1)(b) repealed (5.11.1993) by 1993 c. 50, s. 1(1), Sch. 1 Pt. XVI

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Reference to relieving officers of poor law unions to be construed as reference to proper officers of councils of counties, London boroughs or City of London: Local Government Act 1929 (c. 17), Sch. 10 para. 1, London Government Act 1963 (c. 33), s. 4(2)(b) and Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70), s. 179(2), Sch. 29 para. 4

C2Reference to poor rate except in application of section to City of London and Temples to be construed as reference to general rate: General Rate Act 1967 (c. 9), s. 116(2)

C3S. 3: functions of the Secretary of State transferred (E.W.) (1.4.1996) by S.I. 1996/273, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 para. 3(b)