Office for National Statistics

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Non-ministerial government department overview
Formed 1 April 1996; 21 years ago (1996-04-01)
Preceding agencies
  • Central Statistical Office
  • Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Jurisdiction United Kingdom
Headquarters Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG
51°33′58.89″N 3°1′38″W / 51°33′58.89″N 3°1′38″W / 51.5663583; -3.02722
Employees 3,302 (including UK Statistics Authority)
Annual budget £206.5 million (2009–2010) [1] (including UK Statistics Authority)
Non-ministerial government department executive
Parent Non-ministerial government department UK Statistics Authority

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority, a non-ministerial department which reports directly to the UK Parliament.


It is charged with the collection and publication of statistics related to the economy, population and society of the UK; responsibility for some areas of statistics in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales is devolved to the devolved governments for those areas. The ONS functions as the executive office of the National Statistician, who is also the UK Statistics Authority's Chief Executive and principal statistical adviser to the UK's National Statistics Institute, [2] and the 'Head Office' of the Government Statistical Service (GSS). Its main office is in Newport near the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office and Tredegar House, but another significant office is in Titchfield in Hampshire, and a small office is in London. ONS co-ordinates data collection with the respective bodies in Northern Ireland and Scotland, namely NISRA and NRS.

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