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The 10 Downing Street website
The petition is closed but you can view all petitions here along with the government's response.
There was a lot of publicity in early 2007 about the on-line petition on the 10 Downing Street website against the introduction of road pricing but at the same time, high on the list in terms of number of names, was a petition to release census information after 70 years instead of 100.
The period chosen seemed a sensible compromise although as explained elsewhere on this site, the 1931 census details were lost in a fire.
The petition attracted 23,600 names and had the government had decided to act on the petition, it would have meant that the 1921 census would be available as soon as the digitisation and transcription were complete with the prospect of the 1939 National Identity Card registration details soon after.
However the government effectively rejecting the petition, in particular arguing that to release the information earlier would undermine public confidence in the privacy of information which people would be asked to provide in future censuses.
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