Compliance and Enforcement
What authority does ONS have to conduct its business surveys?
ONS business surveys are conducted under Section 1 of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947.
Can I be exempt from completing the survey questionnaire?
No. Once selected a business is legally obliged to complete the survey because it is conducted under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947.
Is there an appeal process?
No there is no appeal process.
What will happen if I do not complete the questionnaire?
Failure to comply could lead to prosecution at a Magistrates Court with a fine up to a maximum of £2,500 (last up dated by section 17 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991). You will still need to complete the questionnaire.