UK to make statistics office independent

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said Monday 28 November that the Treasury intends to make the Office for National Statistics independent from the government.

The chancellor said NS's independence would be modeled on that of the Bank of England, with a board of external governors supervising its operations.

"I propose to legislate to make the Office for National Statistics independent of government," Brown said, adding that the board of the newly independent NS would be accountable t

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