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Asked Downing Street’s reaction to the recommendation set out in the Statistics Commission’s annual report suggesting the withdrawal of the practice of giving Ministers five days to preview forthcoming statistics because of the fear of political manipulation, the PMS said that she hadn’t seen the report as yet, and was therefore unable to comment in detail on it. That said, in her experience, statisticians were very protective of their data, and therefore the figures that were published were those which had been collated in the first instance.

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