British Statistical Data
A guide to sources guide 15
This is a guide to sources of statistical information, including both printed and online. The print sources described are all held in the Headington Library, but some titles are also available at
Wheatley and Harcourt Hill.
1. How to find relevant sources
; Use this guide – it lists sources (both online and printed format) by subject. Multi-topic
sources are listed first, followed by those for specific subjects.
; Browse in the Statistics Collection (at Headington this is in the Newspaper Area on the Top
Floor). An index to the Statistics Collection is displayed at the end of the shelves.
; For specific, named sources, use the Library catalogue
; For some online/electronic sources, choose Quick Links – Reference Desk – Statistics.
2. Multi-topic statistical sources
Annual Abstract of Statistics Statistics Collection 314.1 GRE
Monthly Digest of Statistics Statistics Collection 314.1 GRE (final issue was August 2011)
Regional Trends Statistics Collection 314.1 REG (latest editions online - see below)
Social Trends Statistics Collection 310 SOC
http://www.statistics.gov.uk UK National Statistics Publication Hub - provides links to the latest statistics produced by UK government departments & hosts all first releases of national statistics.
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/index.html Office for National Statistics (for online versions of
printed series listed above and immediate access to data on a wide range of topics)
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.htm Provides links to a wide range of sites including local
authorities, agencies, Government departments.
http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/ Gives access to data in the social sciences and humanities. Search the catalogue to see what is available - registration is required to access the data.
; Criminal Statistics England and Wales 345.00212 GRE
Includes statistics on offences, offenders and sentencing.
; The Home Office has a statistical division which produces a range of data, available at Directorate of Learning Resources http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/index.htm
Economic and Financial
http://www.parliament.uk/search/advanced/ Parliamentary website including Hansard. These can be a source of specific, very detailed statistics.
http://www.data4nr.net/introduction Data for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration (detailed data on a range of topics for local areas)
A census is held every 10 years. It provides detailed data on the British population, including age,
birthplace, residence, migration, housing, employment etc.
2011 Census: Available at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/census/2011/index.html
1971 - 2001 Census: Online access to datasets http://www.census.ac.uk/ (free registration
required) and also the database Casweb.
Atlases using 2001 census data:
; Identity in Britain: a cradle to grave atlas Statistics Collection 304.60941 THO
; People and places: a 2001 census atlas of the UK. Stats Collection 304.60941 DOR
3. Subject specific statistical sources
Construction Statistics Available at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-
UK New house-building statistics Statistics Collection 301.540212 NEW (up to 2007) Later years at: http://www.nhbc.co.uk/NewsandComment/UKnewhouse-buildingstatistics/
Criminal Justice Statistics in England and Wales Statistics Collection 345.00212 GRE (up to 2003) and later years at http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/statistics-and-data/index.htm
Home Office – Research and Statistics website. Gives data on Home Office responsibilities such as crime, counter-terrorism, the justice system and immigration. Available at http://homeoffice.gov.uk/science-research/research-statistics/
Judicial Statistics Statistics Collection 347.00212 GRE (up to 2007) and later years at http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/statistics-and-data/index.htm
Economic, Financial and Employment
Economy themed statistics are available at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk and at
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/index.html (select Economy and/or Labour Market)
Economic & Labour Market Review (previously Economic Trends) Statistics Collection 331.0212
GRE Also available via Business Source Complete (a database) and at
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/index.html (ceased publication May 2011)
Local Government Financial Statistics England Statistics Collection 352.42140942 GRE . Latest issues online at
Regional Competitiveness and State of the Regions Statistics Collection 330.0212 GRE. Later editions (now entitled Regional Economic Performance Indicators) at http://220.127.116.11/sd/rci/
United Kingdom National Accounts (Blue Book) Statistics Collection 339.30212 NAT. Latest issues are online at http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/index.html (select Economy)
Education and training statistics for the United Kingdom Statistics Collection 370.21 EDU Also at http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/index.shtml
Higher Education Statistics Agency http://www.hesa.ac.uk/
Statistics of Education Statistics Collection 370.21 STA
Digest of United Kingdom Energy statistics Statistics Collection 338.4766260212 GRE Also at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/publications/dukes/dukes.aspx
Energy statistics also available at
Environment and Wildlife Statistics at http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/environment
South East England State of the Environment at http://www.environment-
Health and Social Care national statistics at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/hub/health-social-care/index.html
Health and Personal Social Services Statistics England includes statistics on population, finance, community services, hospital administration, family practitioner services. This is only available
online at http://www.performance.doh.gov.uk/HPSSS/
Health Statistics Quarterly Statistics Collection 362.10212 GRE Also at http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/search/index.html?newquery=Health+Statistics+Quarterly+++
Health Survey for England Statistics Collection 362.10942 GRE Also at
The Department of Health web site (Statistics section) at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/category/publications/statistics/
Leisure, Lifestyle and Family spending
British Social Attitudes. 303.380941 BRI
Family food Statistics Collection 339.48641300212 GRE Also at http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/foodfarm/food/familyfood
Family Spending Statistics Collection 339.40212 FAM. Also available at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/
Life in Britain: using millennial Census data to understand poverty, inequality and place. Statistics
Collection 339.460941 LIF
Mintel Leisure Intelligence Statistics Collection 338.4779 MIN Reports cover how people spend their leisure time, including sport, holidays, food and drink, retail etc. Also available online via the
Select Databases. Library Web pages http://www.brookes.ac.uk/library/eleclib.html
Social Trends Statistics Collection 310 SOC and online at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/
Population (see also Health)
Annual Abstract of Statistics Statistics Collection 314.1 GRE http://www.statistics.gov.uk/
Population themed statistics at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/hub/population/index.html
Tourism and hospitality
Mintel Leisure Intelligence Statistics Collection 338.4779 MIN Also available online via the
Library Web pages http://www.brookes.ac.uk/library/eleclib.html Select Databases
Visit Britain http://www.visitbritain.org/insightsandstatistics/index.aspx?url=/staruk
A range of printed statistics are available in Headington Library at Statistics Collection 338.4791
Transport Statistics Great Britain Stats Coll 388.021 TRA Also at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/
Department for Transport statistics at http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics
Transport and travel themed statistics at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/hub/travel-transport/index.html
4. Published guides to statistical sources
; Guide to Official Statistics (2000). Statistics Collection 314.1016 GUI
; Sources of non-official UK Statistics (2006). Statistics Collection 314.1016 MOR.
5. Further help
The Office for National Statistics, based in Newport, Wales offers an enquiry service - telephone (0845 601 3034) or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further help at Brookes, please ask at the Library Enquiry Desks or contact your Subject Librarian.
At Headington, Lindsay Sellar is also always willing to try to help.
Lindsay Sellar January 2012