A RECENT opinion piece referred to ONS’s role in the decision not to proceed with the Circuit of Wales.

To clarify the position, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) routinely assesses infrastructure projects before they commence, in order to ensure they are classified in line with established international rules and guidance.

In doing so, we work regularly with other government departments and administrative bodies, including the Welsh Government. However, ONS has not provided formal classifications advice in relation to the Circuit of Wales as it is not something it has been asked to do.

Additionally, ONS’s role in respect of infrastructure projects is strictly limited to deciding the appropriate statistical classification, so does not extend to being involved in the decision as to whether or not a particular project should go ahead.

Derek Bird
Head of Public Sector Division
Office for National Statistics
Government Buildings
Cardiff Road