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Pre-release access

Information on the arrangements for early access to official statistics.

In addition to the staff producing a statistical report certain individuals are allowed early access to official statistics. This enables people such as the First Minister of Wales to comment on statistics based on a correct understanding of them.

The rules governing who and why early access is granted are set out in The Pre-Release Access to Official Statistics (Wales) Order 2009 (external link).

To ensure we are following the rules the UK Statistics Authority assess our pre-release access arrangements. Read more about how they do this on the UK Statistics Authority website (external link).

Who has pre-release access?

In the interests of openness and transparency we publish the title of statistical reports to which pre-release access arrangements apply. We include the job titles of all those persons to whom pre-release access is granted and the organisations to which they belong.

For administrative reasons teams such as translation unit and the internet publishing team will also be granted pre-release access in a restricted manner.

The latest set of lists will be added in the final week of each month.

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