Statistics Act, 1967
Act 14 of 1967
- Commenced on 27 October 1967
- [This is the version of this document at 1 December 1998.]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Statistics Act, 1967.
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—“authorised officer” means a public officer or other person employed in connection with any business of the Central Statistical Office;“Central Statistical Office” means the department responsible for statistics in the Prime Minister’s office;“director” means the head of the Central Statistical office;“Minister” means the Prime Minister;“person”, where it is used in relation to a person furnishing or required to furnish particulars or information under this Act, includes all or any of the individuals constituting a firm or the person having control or management of a partnership business, and, in the case of a company or corporation, association, society or body of persons, includes any director, manager or head (by whatever name called) of such association, body of persons or society;“statistics” means the information which may be collected in connection with and incidental to any census or general statistical survey or all or any of the matters specified in, or prescribed under, section 3;“undertaking” means any undertaking by way of trade or business, whether or not such trade or business is carried on for profit.[Amended A.16/1969; L.N.53/1970]
3. Matters as to which statistics may be collectedSubject to this Act and the directions of the Minister, statistics may be collected at such times or during such periods as may be prescribed in relation to all or any of the following—
4. Compilation, analysis, tabulation and publication of statistics
5. Power to obtain information
6. Access to premisesAny person occupying any land, house, enclosure or other place shall allow the director or an authorised officer such access thereto as he may require for obtaining any information required for the collection of statistics, and shall allow him to paint, mark or affix on or to the property in the occupation of such person such letters, marks or numbers as may be necessary for the purpose of carrying out his duties under this Act.
7. Access to public and other recordsNotwithstanding any other law, any person having the custody or charge of any public records or documents, or of the records or documents of any local authority, corporation, parthership, firm, company, society, association or person from which, in the opinion of the director, information in respect of or in relation to which the collection of statistics is required can be obtained, or which would aid in the completion or correction of such statistics, shall grant the director or an authorised officer access to such records or documents for the purpose of obtaining therefrom such information.
8. Restriction on publicationExcept for the purposes of a prosecution under this Act any—
9. Restriction on disclosure in certain casesThis Act shall not affect or be deemed to affect any enactment relating to the disclosure or non-disclosure of any official, secret or confidential information, evidence or document, and any person required by the director or an authorised officer to supply any information, to give any evidence or to produce any document, shall be entitled, in respect of such information, evidence or document, to plead the same privilege before the director or an authorised officer as before a court of competent jurisdiction.
10. Letters as to statistics to be transmitted post freeAll letters, parcels and packets and all telegraphic messages relating to statistics transmitted to or by the Director or an authorised officer, shall be free of postal, telegraphic or other charge made by the director of posts and telecommunications of Swaziland, if marked with the words: “Statistics— on Government Service”.
11. Punishment of officers for certain acts
14. Oath of secrecy (Schedule)
History of this document
01 December 1998 this version
27 October 1967