1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

      Establishment and constitution of Institute

   3   Functions of the Institute

      Control of exchange of information

   3B   Policy directions

   3C   Appointment of Director-General and other officers and servants

   3D   Pensions, gratuities and other retiring benefits

   3E   Funds and resources of the Institute

   3F   Deposit Account and General Reserve Fund

   3G   Account and Audit

   3H   Annual report and estimates

   3I   Exemptions from customs duty

   3J   Exemption from income tax, stamp duties and transfer tax

   4   Power to direct taking of census

   5   Duty of Institute to carry out census

   6   Regulations with respect to proceedings for taking census

   7   Other statistics

   8   Compilation, tabulation and publication of statistics. Etc

   9   Oaths

   10   Forms, etc

   11   Furnishing of information required in forms, etc

   12   Leaving notice at home

   13   Leaving notice at office, etc

   14   Furnishing of information to Institute, etc

   15   Right of entry

   16   Access to public records

   17   Restriction on publication of returns

   18   Major offences

   19   Miscellaneous offences

   20   General penalty

   21   Regulations




[Date of Commencement: 20th May, 1949]

Cap 368.

Law 34 of 1955.

3 of 1984,
11 of 2003.

LN 93S/1986.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Statistics Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

[3/1984 s 2.]

   "Director-General" means the Director-General of the Institute appointed under section 3C;

   "financial year" means the twelve month period ending the 31st day of March in any year;

[11/2003 s 2.]

   "functions" include powers and duties;

   "the Institute" means the Statistical Institute of Jamaica established under section 2A;

   "member" means a member of the Institute appointed pursuant to the Second Schedule;

   "public agency" means-

   (a)   any Ministry, Department or other agency of Government;

   (b)   any statutory body or authority, and

   (c)   any company registered under the Companies Act, being a company in which the Government or an agency of Government, whether by the holding of shares or by other financial contribution or by representation on the governing body, is in a Position to influence the policy of the company.

2A   Establishment and constitution

   (1) There is hereby established a body to be called the Statistical Institute of Jamaica which shall be a body corporate to which the provisions of section 28 of the Interpretation Act shall apply.

   (2) The provisions of the Second Schedule shall have effect with respect to the constitution of the Institute and otherwise with respect thereto.

[3/1984 s 3.]

3   Functions of the Institute

   (1) The functions of the Institute shall be-

[3/1984 s 4.]

   (a)    to collect, compile, analyse, abstract and publish statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, social economic and general activities and condition of the people;

   (b)   to collaborate with public agencies in the collection, compilation and publication of statistical information including statistical information derived from the activities of such agencies;

   (c)   to take any census in Jamaica; and

   (d)   generally to promote and develop integrated social and economic statistics pertaining to Jamaica and to co-ordinate programmes for the integration of such statistics,

in accordance with the provisions of this Act.

   (2) For the Purpose of discharging its functions the Institute may, subject to the provisions of this Act, do anything and enter into any transaction which, in the opinion of the Institute, is necessary to ensure the performance of its functions, and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, may-

   (a)   collect from any public agency, body corporate, partnership, firm, association or any person-

         (i)   information required in any census to be undertaken by the Institute;

         (ii)   statistics relating to all or any of the matters specified in section 7;

   (b)   with the approval of the Minister, collect information relating to any matter, other than those referred to in paragraph (a) (i), so, however, that information collected pursuant to this provision shall be furnished on a voluntary basis and accordingly the provisions of section 19 shall not apply in respect of a refusal or neglect to furnish such information;

   (c)   with the approval of the Minister, enter into any arrangement-

         (i)   with any public agency to provide such agency with services in the collection, compilation, analysis and abstraction of date with respect to any programme conducted by such agency wherever such services are in respect of programmes conducted solely by such agency or conducted by such agency together with any other organisation whether regional or international, or in respect of programmes controlled by the government;

         (ii)   subject to section 3A, with any public agency, body corporate or other enterprise for the exchange of information collected jointly with such government agency, body corporate or other enterprise, as the case may be, or collected solely by the Institute on behalf of such government agency, body corporate or other enterprise.

3A   Control of exchange of information

   (1) An arrangement under section 3 (2) (c) (ii) shall provide that the person in respect of whom or in respect of whose activities any report or information is sought shall be informed, by a notice to that effect, that the information will be exchanged between the Institute and the public agency, body corporate or other enterprise as the case may be.

   (2) The arrangement aforesaid shall not apply where a person gives notice in writing to the Institute that he objects to the exchange of the information between the Institute and the public agency, body corporate or other enterprise, as the case may be.

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