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« on: November 07, 2019, 01:40:58 pm »

From Office of Rail and Road

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This timetable lists the publication dates for all of ORR's Official Statistics. These include annual and quarterly statistical releases, factsheets and data tables. These dates are determined by availability of the data and are the earliest possible dates which we can publish the information.We publish all our statistics at the standard time of 9.30am.

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January 2020   Official Statistics   Estimates of Station Usage   Annual (2018-19)    14/01/2020

That's a month later than the usual early December ... "December but date to be confirmed" was what the page said last time I looked.  Are the figures taking even longer to correlate this year, or can they not be released during an election campaign or when there's n parliament to sign off or discuss them?
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2019, 07:04:40 am »

It is probably due to "Purdah" https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/election-guidance-for-civil-servants. No change for 2019 General Election, according NHS Providers https://nhsproviders.org/media/688709/nhs-providers-pre-election-period-briefing-general-election-2019.pdf.

And probably more than that I shouldn't say.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2019, 08:42:57 am »


What that advice says is:
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5. Regular pre-announced statistical releases (e.g. press notices, bulletins, publications or electronic releases) will continue to be issued and published. Any other ad hoc statistical releases should be released only in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the National Statistician, consulting with the Propriety and Ethics Team in the Cabinet Office where appropriate. Where a pre-announcement has specified that the information would be released during a specified period (e.g. a week, or longer time period), but did not specify a precise day, releases should not be published within the election period.

That's muddled, but suggests that anything regular like these annual passenger number should be released as usual. Unless - is there any reason to think they could be contentious between parties?

The second bit about ad-hoc statistics is rather odd - why should a prior promise for release specifying a day be so different from one for week?
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2019, 09:29:04 am »

I wrote to ask -

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For any further information, please contact the statistics Head of Profession, Lyndsey Melbourne at rail.stats@orr.gov.uk or on 0207 282 3978.

but it seems that the mailbox isn't really that person, but rather a central mailbox:

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Thank you for your e-mail, we will respond to your query within 10 working days.
 
Please note: This inbox is monitored intermittently throughout standard working hours. For urgent media enquires or other non-statistics related enquiries see contact details at: http://orr.gov.uk/contact-us.

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One day gone ... up to 9 to go.  Will let members know of any response I get, and make a diary note for 21st to perhaps follow up if I have not heard.
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2019, 01:11:19 pm »

It is probably due to "Purdah" ....

And probably more than that I shouldn't say.


I dropped the ORR a line to ask ... (and telling them how much I look forward to the figures and making use of them).  Turns out no to be purdah after all - nice reply this morning.

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We strive to publish our statistics at the earliest possible dates. When firming up these dates for publication we need to consider the availability of underlying data and allow sufficient time to quality assure the statistics. Up until recently we planned to publish the 2018-19 station usage estimates in December, as we have done so in recent years. However, after reviewing progress to date in collating and quality assuring the underlying dataset, and determining what further work is needed, we have set a publication date of 14 January 2020. I appreciate this is disappointing for you and others who value these statistics and eagerly await their publication.
 
Thank you for your interest and the positive feedback on our estimates of station usage. Whist these are our most popular statistics (in terms of ‘web hits’ at least) and we do receive a lot of interest in our estimates, any feedback on any of our statistics publications is always very welcome.
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