6 June 2019

Commenting on the report by the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee on its intention to bring forward a Committee Bill to end pre-release access to economics statistics, Scottish Labour MSP Jackie Baillie said:

“Pre-release access to statistics creates an unequal playing field which gives the SNP time to bury bad news and ‘spin’ their government’s multiple failings.

“Although the ONS and the Bank of England have agreed to end pre-release access to economic data south of the border – this is still not the case in Scotland.

“Access to economic statistics should be considered a public asset, not a privileged right.

“SNP Government ministers should do the right thing and fully back the Committee Bill.

“This is standard practice in the rest of the U.K. but SNP Ministers appear to want to continue to cloak information in secrecy."
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