Most of the statistics produced and published by the Scottish Government are National Statistics. This is the name for official statistics which have been assessed for compliance with the UK Statistics Authority's Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
The primary aim of official statistics in Scotland is to provide an accurate up-to-date comprehensive and meaningful picture of the economy and society to support the formulation and monitoring of economic and social policies by government and others.
Official statistics in Scotland are also produced by Crown Bodies and a number of other public bodies named by Parliamentary Order.
The Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008 added three additional bodies - those public bodies which were already producing National Statistics:
- Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service
- Higher Education Statistics Agency
- Student Loans Company
Ten further public bodies have since been brought into scope through the 2010 and 2012 Official Statistics (Scotland) Amendment Orders.
The Official Statistics (Scotland) Amendment Order (2010):
- Scottish Children's Reporter Administration
- Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities
- Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
- Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council
- Scottish Natural Heritage.
Official Statistics (Scotland) Amendment Order (2012):
- Care Inspectorate
- NHS 24
- Scottish Ambulance Service
- Scottish Social Services Council
The Scottish Government has held seminars and conferences for producers of official statistics in Scotland. The slides used during these events are available below.