Lyon, Stanley. 'The organisation of official statistics in Saorstát Éireann and in some other countries'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XV No. 3, 1932-1933, pp29-61
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XV No. 3 1932/1933
In the complexity of modern life, governments and peoples require
a vast and ever-increasing fund of measurable facts, or as they are
called "statistics," for their work and weal. They require to know
the size and distribution of the population, the resources of the
country—agricultural, mineral and industrial—the wealth or taxable
capacity, the volume and value of external and internal trade, the
social statistics relating to health, unemployment and education,
means of communication (rail, road, post and telephones)—and many
other details of the economic, financial and social conditions of the
people. That information is provided by the collection of (a)
Statistics which arise directly out of the administrative functions
of the several Departments of Government, and (b) other Statistics
which are collected and compiled deliberately and purposely by a
particular section of the Government administration—a Statistics
Office, which in some countries is described as and fulfils the
functions of a national laboratory for social and economic research.
Both of these groups of statistics form "official statistics."
Read before the Society on Friday, 3rd March, 1933
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