Content associated with: County of Lancaster, 1921    Page xxvii

The Census Regulations, 1921

[14 February 1921]

1921. No. 195

THE CENSUS REGULATIONS, 1921, DATED FEBRUARY 14, 1921, MADE BY THE MINISTER OF HEALTH UNDER SECTION 3 (1) OF THE CENSUS ACT, 1920 (10 & 11 GEO. 5, C. 41), FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENABLING THE CENSUS ORDER, 1920, TO BE CARRIED INTO EFFECT. (a)

At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 10th day of June, 1921.

PRESENT,

The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

The Minister of Health in pursuance of the powers conferred on me by Sub-section (1) of Section 3 of the Census Act, 1920, and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following Regulations—

1. This Regulations may be cited as the Census Regulations, 1921.
(2) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—
"The Minister" means the Minister of Health.
"Order" means the Census Order, 1920; (b)
"Prescribed person" means a person required by the Order to make a return.
"Registrar" means a Registrar of Births and Deaths and includes an interim Registrar of Births and Deaths, and any person for the time being appointed by the Registrar-General to act in the place of a Registrar for the purposes of these Regulations.
(3) The Interpretation Act, 1889, (c) applies to the interpretation of these Regulations as it applies to an Act of Parliament.

Enumeration Districts.

2. (1) It shall be the duty of a Registrar if so required by the Registrar-General, to prepare and submit to the Registrar-General in such manner and within such period as the Registrar-General may direct, a scheme for the division of the registration sub-district in which he acts as Registrar into districts for the purpose of the Census enumeration.
(2) The Registrar-General may approve any such scheme with or without modifications, and the divisions shown in any scheme so approved by the Registrar-General shall be enumeration districts for the purposes of the Census.

Appointment of Enumerators, etc.(a)

3. (1) The Registrar-General may appoint, or authorise a Registrar, subject to his approval, to appoint for any enumeration district an officer (hereinafter called "the Enumerator") who shall perform in that enumeration district the duties hereinafter set forth.
(2) Any assistant overseer of the poor, relieving officer of a poor law union, or collector of the poor rate shall, if so required by the Registrar-General by writing under his hand, with the approval of the Minister, act as Enumerator for any enumeration district in which such overseer, officer, or collector resides or performs the duties of his office.
(3) A Registrar shall, if so required by the Registrar-General, in the case of an enumeration district comprising only persons with respect to whom a single prescribed person is required by that Order to make a return, act as Enumerator for that district.
(4) Every Registrar and every person appointed or required to act as Enumerator under these Regulations and every person assisting a Registrar or Enumerator in the performance of his duties shall, before he acts as such Registrar or Enumerator or assistant, or performs any of the duties imposed by these Regulations, sign an undertaking in the form set forth in the First Schedule to these Regulations or in a form substantially to the like effect faithfully to perform the duties imposed on him by these Regulations or otherwise.

Forms of Return.(b)

4. (1) The return to be made in England (excluding Monmouth) by the prescribed persons mentioned in paragraphs (1), (2) and (8) of the First Schedule to the Order shall be made in the form set forth in Part I. of the Second Schedule to these Regulations or in a form substantially to the like effect.
(2) The return to be made in Wales and Monmouth by the prescribed persons mentioned in paragraphs (1), (2) and (8) of the First Schedule to the Order shall be made in the form set forth in Part II. of the Second Schedule to these Regulations or in a form substantially to the like effect.
(3) The return to be made in England and Wales by the prescribed persons mentioned in paragraph (3) of the First Schedule to the Order shall be made in the form set forth in Part III. of the Second Schedule to these Regulations or in a form substantially to the like effect.
(4) The return to be made in England and Wales by the prescribed persons mentioned in paragraph (4) of the First Schedule to the Order shall be made in the form set forth in Part IV. of the Second Schedule to these Regulations or in a form substantially to the like effect.
(5) The return to be made in England and Wales by the prescribed persons mentioned in paragraph (5) of the First Schedule to the Order shall be made in the form set forth in Part V. of the Second Schedule to these Regulations or in a form substantially to the like effect.
(6) The return to be made in England and Wales by the prescribed persons mentioned in paragraph (6) of the First Schedule to the Order shall be made in the form set forth in Part VI. of the Second Schedule to these Regulations or in a form substantially to the like effect.
(7) Every return made by or on behalf of a prescribed person shall comply with the instructions shown on the form on which the return is made.
(8) The Registrar-General may cause any of the above forms to be translated into Welsh or into any other language if it appears to him necessary for the purpose of the Census enumeration, and this Article shall apply to any forms so translated.

Delivery and Collection of Returns.

5.(1) Every Registrar shall, not later than fourteen days before the Census Day, furnish every Enumerator appointed or required under these Regulations to act for an enumeration district within his registration sub-district with an enumeration book to be provided for the purpose by the Registrar-General in which the Registrar shall have entered such particulars as the Registrar-General may require, and with a sufficient number of forms of return and such other forms as may be necessary for the purpose of the Census enumeration.
(2) The Enumerator shall, not earlier than eight days and not later than the day before the Census Day, deliver to each prescribed person in his district or to a person acting on behalf of such prescribed person the appropriate form of return, and shall, upon delivery of the form, enter thereon and in the enumeration book such particulars as the Registrar-General may require.
(3) The Enumerator shall, if so requested by any prescribed person or by any person acting on behalf of such prescribed person, give such explanations as to the form of return or the procedure to be followed in making the return as are reasonably necessary to enable the prescribed person to make a proper return.

6. Every person with respect to whom it is the duty of a prescribed person to make a return shall give to the prescribed person such information as he may reasonably require for the purpose of enabling him to make the return:
Provided that no person shall use, publish, or communicate to any other person any information so given otherwise than in accordance with these Regulations.

7. (1) Where any person being of full age who is mentioned in paragraphs (1) and (2) of the first column of the First Schedule to the Order serves upon the Enumerator in person upon his attending at any premises to deliver the form of return a claim on the form provided for the purpose to be allowed to make a confidential return, the Enumerator shall deliver to such person a separate form of return and shall, upon delivering the form of return to the prescribed person who would but for such claim be required to make a return in respect of the person claiming, give notice of the claim to the prescribed person.
(2) Where such claim and notice have been duly served the prescribed person to whom notice is given shall not be required to include in his return any particulars with respect to the person claiming other than the name of such person and the relation in which he stands to the prescribed person, and the person so claiming shall be deemed to be the prescribed person with respect to himself and shall, in making his return, state therein the name of the person who but for the claim would have been required to make the return.

8. (1) The Enumerator shall, upon attending at any premises to deliver a form of return to a prescribed person, inquire as to the number of living rooms occupied by the persons with respect to whom the return is to be made, and shall enter the particulars so ascertained upon the form of return before it is delivered.
(2) The person to whom the return is delivered shall give the Enumerator all such information as he may reasonably require for the purpose of making the entry aforesaid.

9. (1) The Enumerator shall, as nearly as may be in the course of the day following the Census Day, collect all forms of return delivered by him and shall examine each return and satisfy himself that the entries thereon are properly and sufficiently made, and shall make all such inquiries as are reasonably necessary for that purpose and shall himself make such corrections in the return as appear to him on inquiry to be required.
(2) Every person shall give to the Enumerator all such information as may reasonably be required by him as aforesaid for the completion or correction of any return.

10. The Enumerator shall, on receiving each return, enter upon the return and in his enumeration book such particulars as may be required by the Registrar-General to be entered by the Enumerator on the form of return and in the enumeration book, and shall within fourteen days after the Census Day&mdash:
(a) enter in the enumeration book and in all forms of return collected by him such further particulars as may be required by the Registrar-General; and
(b) deliver to the Registrar the enumeration book and the returns of all prescribed persons in his district duly completed and entered as aforesaid, and do such other acts and things relating to the census enumeration in his district as may be required by instructions of the Registrar-General given under these Regulations.

11. (1) The Registrar shall examine the enumeration books and the returns so delivered to him, and where it appears to him that any book or return is incomplete or that any entry on a return is insufficient or is inconsistent with any other entries, he shall require the Enumerator from whom it was received to take such steps as may be reasonably necessary, whether by inquiry from any prescribed person or otherwise, to complete or correct the book or return, and to forward the book or return duly completed or corrected to the Registrar within the period specified by the Registrar for that purpose.
(2) The Registrar shall, within forty days after the Census Day, forward to the Registrar-General the enumeration books duly completed for all enumeration districts within the registration sub-district, together with the returns made by all the prescribed persons within that sub-district, and do such other acts and things relating to the census enumeration as may be required by instructions of the Registrar-General given under these Regulations.

Instructions and Directions of Registrar-General.

12. The Registrar-General may himself give, or may authorise a Registrar to give, to an Enumerator, and may give to a Registrar, such instructions or directions, whether particular or general, as he may think necessary for the due performance by Registrars or Enumerators of the duties imposed on them by these Regulations, and any such instructions or directions shall be complied with by any Registrar or Enumerator to whom they are given.

Miscellaneous.

13. Where it appears to the Registrar-General that a Registrar or Enumerator is for reasons of health or otherwise unfit to perform the duties imposed on him by these Regulations, the Registrar-General may appoint some fit and proper person in his place to perform the said duties.

14. The Registrar-General may, if he thinks fit, require a Registrar or Enumerator to make a statutory declaration that such Registrar or Enumerator has properly and sufficiently performed the duties imposed on him by these Regulations and may authorise the Superintendent Registrar of the district, or, in the case of an Enumerator, the Registrar of the registration sub-district, to take such declaration.

15. The Registrar-General may appoint any Superintendent Registrar or, with the consent of a local authority, any officer of that local authority, to be a Census Advisory Officer for any area, and any person so appointed shall perform such duties in relation to the Census as the Registrar-General may assign to him.

16. No person having the custody, whether by himself or on behalf of any other person, of any forms of return, enumeration books or other confidential documents relating to the Census shall permit any other person without lawful authority to have, or fail to prevent any other person from having, access thereto.


FIRST SCHEDULE.

I,            
[ * being the Registrar or interim Registrar of the        
registration sub-district, or a person appointed by the Registrar-General to act in the place of the Registrar of the        
registration sub-district for the purposes of the Census Regulations, 1920;
or being an Enumerator appointed for the purposes of the Census, 1921. or being an assistant employed by        
for the purposes of the Census, 1921]       
hereby undertake and promise faithfully to perform the duties imposed by the Census Act, 1920, and by the Census Regulations, 1921, so far as applicable to me, and to fulfil all the obligations required of me by the Act and by the Regulations, and I hereby state that I have read and understand the provisions of Section 8 of the Act, and of Article 3 (4) and Article 16 of the Regulations hereunto annexed.
Signed ................................................
In the presence of.................................................
Section 8 of the Census Act, 1920, is as follows:—
" 8. — (1) If any person—
(a) refuses or neglects to comply with or acts in contravention of any of the provisions of this Act or any Order in Council or regulations made under this Act; or
(b) being a person required under this Act to make a statutory declaration with respect to the performance of his duties, makes a false declaration; or
(c) being a person required by any Order in Council or regulations made under this Act to make, sign, or deliver any document, makes, signs, or delivers, or causes to be made, signed, or delivered a false document; or
(d) being a person required in pursuance of any such Order in Council or Regulations to answer any question, refuses to answer or gives a false answer to that question;
he shall for each offence be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten pounds.
(2) If any person— (a) being a person employed in taking a census, without lawful authority publishes or communicates to any person otherwise than in the ordinary course of such employment any information acquired by him in the course of his employment; or
(b) having possession of any information which to his knowledge has been disclosed in contravention of this Act, publishes or communicates this information to any other person;
he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine, or to both such imprisonment and fine."
Article 3 (4) and Article 16 of the Census Regulations, 1921, are as follows: —
" 3. (4) Every Registrar and every person appointed or required to act as Enumerator under these Regulations and every person assisting a Registrar or Enumerator in the performance of his duties shall, before he acts as such Registrar or Enumerator or assistant, or performs any of the duties imposed by these Regulations, sign an undertaking in the form set forth in the First Schedule to these Regulations or in a form substantially to the like effect faithfully to perform the duties imposed on him by these Regulations or otherwise."
" 16. No person having the custody, whether by himself or on behalf of any other person, of any forms of return, enumeration books or other confidential documents relating to the Census shall permit any other person without lawful authority to have, or fail to prevent any other person from having, access thereto."


SECOND SCHEDULE.

[The Second Schedule, containing the six Forms of Return (see paragraph 4 of these Regulations at p.52 above) is omitted from this reprint.]

Given under the Official Seal of the Minister of Health this 14th day of February, One thousand nine hundred and twenty-one.

W. A. Robinson,

Secretary,

Ministry of Health.


NOTES


(a) CENSUS, SCOTLAND. — For the corresponding Scottish Regs. see S.R. & O., 1920, No. 2469, II, p.1559.

(b) S. R. & O., 1920, No. 2440, I., p.209.

(c) 53-4 V. c. 63.

(a) Provisional "Census Regs. (No. 2), 1921," dated April 27, 1921, arranged for the action of enumerators in connection with the postponed census.

(b) The Second Schedule, included when these Regs. were put on sale as a separate S. R. & O., and containing the Forms of Return, is omitted from this reprint.

* Strike out the words which do not apply.