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17 August 2011

Post Enumeration Survey of 2011 Population Census to launch

The Census and Statistics Department will conduct a Post Enumeration Survey from August 22 to September 30 (9am to 10pm from Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays) to provide information for evaluating the accuracy of the data collected in the 2011 Population Census, which was completed on August 2. The conduct of the survey follows standard international practices for evaluating census results.

The survey will cover about 16 000 quarters in Hong Kong that have been selected through a random sampling procedure. Census officers of the department will visit these selected quarters to collect some basic information of households and persons staying therein. The department will mail a letter in advance to the sampled quarters with identifiable postal addresses, informing households of the arrangements of the survey. As for those without identifiable postal addresses, the letter will be distributed by the census officers upon their visit.

The census officers will carry a Government Identity Card and a certificate issued by the department for conducting the survey. Households are reminded to check carefully the identity of the census officers before admitting them to their premises.

The survey is conducted as a voluntary statistical survey under Part IIIA of the Census and Statistics Ordinance (Chapter 316). In accordance with the Ordinance, all data collected from the survey regarding individual persons or households will be kept in strict confidence and will not be released to any unauthorised parties, including government departments. All completed questionnaires will be destroyed within 12 months of the commencement of the survey.

People may call the department on 3695 0454 for enquiries about the survey or checking the identity of the census officers. This hotline will operate from 9am to 10pm in the period from August 18 to September 30 (Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays).


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