The Office for National Statistics (ONS; Swyddfa Ystadegau Gwladol) is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority, a non-ministerial department which reports directly to the UK Parliament.

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The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA, Awdurdod Ystadegau'r DU) is a non-ministerial government department of the Government of the United Kingdom responsible for oversight of the Office for National Statistics, maintaining a national code of practice for official statistics, and accrediting statistics that comply with the Code as National Statistics.

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Michael Scholar

British civil servant and former President of St John's College, Oxford.

British civil servant and former President of St John's College, Oxford.

Civil Knight Grand Cross Star of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath

On 1 April 2008, Sir Michael became the 3 day-a-week non-executive chairman of the new UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), through which the National Statistician is accountable to Parliament.

The board oversees the Office for National Statistics, following the "independence" which it obtained from ministers in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

A graphic representation of the legislative procedure in the United Kingdom.

Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007

A graphic representation of the legislative procedure in the United Kingdom.

The Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (c 18) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which established the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA).

The National Statistician has an office to support them, the Office for National Statistics.

Karen Dunnell, former UK National Statistician, April 2008

Karen Dunnell

American-born British medical sociologist and civil servant.

American-born British medical sociologist and civil servant.

Karen Dunnell, former UK National Statistician, April 2008

She was National Statistician and Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics of the United Kingdom and head of the Government Statistical Service from 1 September 2005 until retiring on 28 August 2009.

Since its inception in 2008, she was also the Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority.

The commission's logo

Statistics Commission

The commission's logo

The Statistics Commission was a non-departmental public body established in June 2000 by the UK Government to oversee the work of the Office for National Statistics.

Its functions were to be taken over and considerably enhanced by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), whose powers began on 1 April 2008 under the chairmanship of Sir Michael Scholar.