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SCHEDULE CHANGED NEW FEATURES EXPLAINED Parliamentary Reporter WELLINGTON, this day. A noteworthy change in the forthcoming census—the disappearance of the large householder's schedule — was mentioned by Mr. Nash, Minister in charge of Census and Statistics, in a statement to-day. "This schedule," said Mr. Nash, "was used for families, while all others used personal schedules. The householder's schedule has outlived its usefulness and is now impracticable.

"In place of this there are two small schedules, dwelling and personal The dwelling schedule concerns only the occupier or person in charge of a dwelling, and its questionnaire relates to the dwelling itself. The questions of the last census, namely location, type and tenure and so on, are retained. New questions on electricity, running water, hot water services, bathrooms, are designed to ascertain information regarding these standard household amenities. Other questions relate to distance from shops, primary schools and transport services. Housing is one of the most serious and pressing problems, and this information will be very valuable."

In describing the personal schedule Mr. Nash said that it was designed to obtain personal information, and each was for the use of one person only. "It has been found necessary," added Mr. Nash, "to retain most of the standard items of previous censuses. One new item is travelling time between home and place or business. Information is also sought regarding a person's usual address in cases where he is not at his usual place of residence when counted at the census. Main emphasis, however, is placed upon industry and occupation. Not only is full information sought regarding the present position, but inquiry extends also to intentions on resumption of normal conditions of those in the armed forces, those affected by manpower regulations, those who have voluntarily pstponed retirement, and those who have voluntarily accepted employment during the war. It will be appreciated that reliable information on these lines is essentsal to assist in planning for successful reconstruction, which must be a vital feature of our post-war economy.

Organisation of the Census Mr Nash said the Government Statistician, who is the head of the Census and Statistics Department, was responsible for the direction of the census. In the. main the field organisation of the coming mainland census follows the lines of its predecessors. "There are 90 census districts," said the Minister, 'each under the charge of a census enumerator, who in each case is an officer of the P. and T. Department The field will be carried out by subenumerators, assisted where necessary by interpreters. In recent censuses about one-third of the subenumerators have been officers of the P. and T. Department." While an endeavour would be made to deliver schedules to every person, failure to receive a schedule .or schedules would not remove the individual's liability to furnish the information required by the census.

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THE CENSUS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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THE CENSUS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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