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The Last Census?

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First broadcast:
Thursday 28 April 2011

In the 21st century age of digital technology, is it still really necessary to have a paper census costing the British taxpayer 482 million pounds and taking nine years to plan? In opposition, the Conservative Party was highly critical of the census. So, as the dominant partner in a coalition government, could they be about to abolish it? Reporter James Silver investigates the options for a replacement survey of the nation and reveals how some proposed changes could result in more goverment intrusion.



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