1881 Census United Kingdom demographics Collecting data Census Acts
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Eason, Charles. 'The Acts for taking the census in England, Scotland, and Ireland, of 1881'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. VIII, Part LVIII, 1880/1881, pp197-203
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. VIII, Part LVIII, 1880/1881
In the last session of Parliament three Acts were passed for taking the Census of the United Kingdom during the present year. The English Act is 43 & 44 Vic. c. 37. The Scotch Act, c, 38, and the Irish Act, c. 28. Inasmuch as information substantially the same is collected in all parts of the United Kingdom, we naturally ask whether three
Acts were really required. The common presumption is that three Acts would not have been passed if one would have sufficed; and such would not have been the case if before allowing three Acts to be passed inquiry had been made to ascertain whether one Act could not be made applicable generally to the whole United Kingdom. A comparison
of the three Census Acts shows that no such enquiry was made in their case, and that uniformity was not aimed at in drawing them. Hence we shall be justified in suspecting that in the case of more important Acts this preliminary enquiry has also been neglected.
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