Follow up- "Number of prosecutions under the Statistics Act 1975"

Liam Stoneley made this Official Information request to Statistics New Zealand

The request was partially successful.

From: Liam Stoneley

Dear Statistics New Zealand,

Thank you for your prompt response to my previous request, found online at this location:
https://fyi.org.nz/request/2380-number-o...

I would like to further request the below information; (I am not interested in any Census information this time)

1. How many individuals have you selected to be interviewed in the past 15 years for all surveys conducted by your 100+ field interviewers, apart from the Census. It is my understanding you may wish to (and do) interview people on more than one occasion, maybe on a yearly basis. I wish only to know the total number of individuals, not double-ups of people in this number.

2. How many of those selected to be interviewed over the past 15 years have "refused" to do so when either rung or approached at their home by an interviewer?

3. How many of those who "refused" received a letter from your office explaining that by law they must participate in the survey?

4. How many of those who refused, and subsequently received the letter of required compliance, continued to refuse to participate?

5. Of the above number of people for Question 4, how many were considered for prosecution by the Government Statistician when they considered "complexity of the case, a need for consistent application of the prosecution policy across New Zealand, and any other relevant factors including budget constraints"? - found at this link:
http://www.stats.govt.nz/about_us/who-we...

6. Since none of the number of people identified in Question 4 were prosecuted (found in your response to my previous request, in the link above, where you said "All prosecutions under the Statistics Act 1975 taken in recent history
(the last 15 years) have been related to a census"), what was the main consideration that prevented these people from being prosecuted for the crime they had committed?

7. Finally, how were the Solicitor-General's Guidelines applied when considering prosecution? Which limb did they prosecution fail to meet? Please give reasons why they fail the particular limb.

I am a New Zealand citizen, as required by s12(1) of the OIA 1982.

Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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Statistics New Zealand

Dear Mr Stoneley,

 

On behalf of Statistics New Zealand, I acknowledge receipt of your email
of 17 January 2015, requesting the following information:

 

1. How many individuals have you selected to be interviewed in the past 15
years for all surveys conducted by your 100+ field interviewers, apart
from the Census. It is my understanding you may wish to (and do) interview
people on more than one occasion, maybe on a yearly basis. I wish only to
know the total number of individuals, not double-ups of people in this
number.

 

2. How many of those selected to be interviewed over the past 15 years
have "refused" to do so when either rung or approached at their home by an
interviewer?

 

3. How many of those who "refused" received a letter from your office
explaining that by law they must participate in the survey?

 

4. How many of those who refused, and subsequently received the letter of
required compliance, continued to refuse to participate?

 

5. Of the above number of people for Question 4, how many were considered
for prosecution by the Government Statistician when they considered
"complexity of the case, a need for consistent application of the
prosecution policy across New Zealand, and any other relevant factors
including budget constraints"?

 

6. Since none of the number of people identified in Question 4 were
prosecuted (found in your response to my previous request, in the link
above, where you said "All prosecutions under the Statistics Act 1975
taken in recent history (the last 15 years) have been related to a
census"), what was the main consideration that prevented these people from
being prosecuted for the crime they had committed?

 

7. Finally, how were the Solicitor-General's Guidelines applied when
considering prosecution? Which limb did they prosecution fail to meet?
Please give reasons why they fail the particular limb

 

Your request will be responded to under the provisions of the Official
Information Act 1982.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Hugh McIlraith

 

 

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From: Hugh McIlraith
Statistics New Zealand


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Dear Mr Stoneley,

 

I have attached a response from statistics New Zealand to your Official
Information Act request please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Hugh McIlraith

Senior Advisor |

Ministerial Servicing |

Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive |

 

 

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