CHAPTER 351
STATISTICS ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Application.

   3.   Interpretation.

PART II
THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS

   4.   Continuation of the Bureau.

   5.   Functions of the Bureau.

PART III
MINISTERIAL ADVISORY BOARD

   6.   Establishment of the Board.

   7.   Functions of the Board.

   8.   Role of Permanent Secretary.

   9.   Director-General of the Bureau.

   10.   Other staff.

   11.   Oath of secrecy.

   12.   Authorised officers.

   13.   Exemption from liability.

PART IV
COLLECTION AND DISSEMINATION OF STATISTICAL INFORMATION

   14.   The decennial population census.

   15.   Collection of other statistics.

   16.   Joint collections.

   17.   Sampling.

   18.   Restriction on disclosure of information.

   19.   Exemption on disclosure.

   20.   Disclosure of unidentified information for research or statistical purposes.

   21.   Security of recorded information.

   22.   Destruction of individual forms and returns.

   23.   Power to obtain particulars.

   24.   Access to public and other records.

   25.   Relationship with other agencies.

   26.   [Repeal of R.L. Cap. 443 and savings.]

PART V
OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

   27.   Offences and penalties generally.

PART VI
FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

   28.   Operational principles.

   29.   Funds of the Bureau.

   30.   Borrowing powers.

PART VII
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

   31.   Regulations.

SCHEDULES

CHAPTER 351
THE STATISTICS ACT

An Act to make better provision in relation to the functions and powers of the National Bureau of Statistics with respect to collection, compilation, analysis and publication of statistical information on economic, social and cultural activities; to conduct census and to provide for consequential matters.

[20th July, 2002]
[G.N. No. 381 of 2002]

Act No. 1 of 2002

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-3)

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Statistics Act.

2.   Application

This Act shall apply to Tanzania Mainland in all matters specified in the Second Schedule and shall apply to Tanzania Zanzibar in respect of census on population and housing.

3.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context requires otherwise–

   "authorised officer" means a person appointed as such under section 12;

   "Board" means the Ministerial Advisory Board;

   "census" means a census of population and housing;

   "Director-General" means the Chief Executive of the National Bureau of Statistics appointed under section 9(1);

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for statistics;

   "respondent" means any person who supplies or is required to supply statistical information;

   "return" means any book, document, form, card, tape, disc or storage media on which the information required is entered or recorded or is required to be entered or recorded for statistical purposes under this Act;

   "sampling" means a statistical procedure by which information relating to a whole field of inquiring is derived by applying statistical techniques to information obtained in respect of a proportion of the total number of persons or undertakings concerned in the field of inquiry;

   "statistics" means information in connection with, or incidental to, any census or all or any of the matters specified in the Second Schedule;

   "survey" includes a survey of undertakings or persons whereby information is collected from all persons in a field of inquiry or from a sample thereof, wholly or primarily for statistical purpose;

   "undertaking" means any undertaking by way of a trade or business whether or not the trade or business is carried out for profit, and includes a Ministry or Government Department, statutory body, local government body, and any other form of organization or body of persons or any part thereof and includes a branch of an undertaking.

PART II
THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS (ss 4-5)

4.   Continuation of the Bureau

   (1) There shall continue to exist the National Bureau of Statistics also to be known by its acronym the Bureau.

   (2) The National Bureau of Statistics shall be a public office authoritative in relation to collection, compilation, analysis and publication of statistical information on economic, social and cultural activities.

   (3) The National Bureau of Statistics shall be responsible for organisation of a scheme of economic and social statistics with a view to co-ordinate and disseminate such statistical information.

5.   Functions of the Bureau

   (1) The functions of the National Bureau of Statistics shall be–

   (a)   to take any census in the United Republic of Tanzania;

   (b)   to draw up an overall national statistics plan for official statistics and keep it under continuous review;

   (c)   to establish statistical standards and ensure their use by all producers of official statistics so as among other things to facilitate the integration and comparison of the statistics produced both nationally and internationally;

   (d)   to co-ordinate statistical activities in the country so as–

      (i)   to avoid duplication of efforts in the production of statistics;

      (ii)   to ensure optimal utilisation of available resources;

      (iii)   to reduce the burden on respondents for providing statistical data;

      (iv)   to ensure uniform standards of statistical data;

   (e)   to collect, compile, analyse and disseminate statistics and related information;

   (f)   to maintain an inventory of all available official statistics in the country;

   (g)   to assist users in obtaining international statistics;

   (h)   to provide statistical services and professional assistance to official bodies and the public at large;

   (i)   to act as a contact point for international organisations and foreign institutions in need of statistics on matters relating to Tanzania.

   (2) The National Bureau of Statistics shall before performing functions which extend to Tanzania Zanzibar be required to make consultation with the office of the Government Statistician Zanzibar.

PART III
MINISTERIAL ADVISORY BOARD (ss 6-13)

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