junkers wrote:Guy's comment about the 1921 census never being released is not correct, when the Information Commissioners considered requests for its release (which is available online, just type in 1921 census) the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that they would be release it in 2022 and it was accepted that ONS had the authority to release it. If it was never going to release then there woud be no need to keep it and it would probably have been destroyed as in other countries.
That is exactley what the National Archives would like you to believe, however as the legislation stands today it would be illegal to release the 1921 census in 2022.
The 1920 Census Act as amended by the the Census (Confidentiality) Act 1991 does not allow the 1921 census to ever be released.
It is not up to the National Archives to decide that they will release it in 2022 it is a matter of the laws of England and Wales.
Incedentally I was one of the people that had direct contact with the Information Commissioner and he gave me no assurance that the 1921 census would be released in 2022.
He only refferred to the fact that the law does not allow any census taken under the 1920 Census Act as amended to be released.
The person who could release the census used to be the Registrar General but his authority to do so was removed by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The only way any further census may be released is by a change in the law.
Of course there is always the 1915 census (National Registration) which enumerated everyone (male and female) born between the 16th of August 1850 and the 15 August 1900.
Details enumerated -males
Surname, first name, permament address, present address if away from home, age last birthday, nationality, single/married or widower, how many children dependants (under 15 - over 15), how many other dependants (wholly dependant/patially dependant), occupation, name business and address of employer, employed by goverment, skilled in any other occupation.
There was a similar schedule for females.