Members are required to declare relevant outside interest prior to taking up an appointment with the group and when an additional potential conflict of interest arises in relation to particular business. Members of the group have agreed to the following:
- You must declare to the Chairman any personal or business interest which may, or may be perceived (by a reasonable member of the public) to influence your judgement in performing your functions and obligations as a member of the Expert Group on Timber and Trade Statistics. These interests include (without limitation), personal direct and indirect pecuniary interests, and, any such interests of your close family members and/or of people living in the same household as you or as your close family members.
- You must inform the Chairman in advance of any new appointments that may impinge on your performance of your functions and obligations under this Agreement.
- It will be your responsibility to withdraw from any discussions where you have any interests that may, or may be perceived to, influence your judgement.
- All information on potential conflicts of interest will be held by the Chairman’s Office and could be disclosed to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (2000). In entering in to this agreement and accepting your position on this group you thereby consent to this disclosure.
The following document about official statistics provides guidance for non-statistical staff in the Forestry Commission:
Guidance for producers of Official Statistics within the Forestry Commission, produced in conjunction with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is available in Forestry Commission Official Statistics Q & A.
The National Statistician also provides guidance for statisticians and other officials in implementing the principles of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
These three documents provide information on survey best practice:
Running Statistical Surveys - A Guide to Best Practice provides helpful advice for anyone who is considering running a survey.
Survey Control in the FC outlines the procedures that all parts of the FC are required to comply with when conducting statistical surveys, particularly for surveys of business.
Visitor Monitoring Guidance Notes provides guidance on how to plan and carry out on-site surveys of visitors.