In response to my last letter to the Registrar General regarding the use of CACI to run the Scottish census, I have just received this:
TORTURE, THE SCOTTISH CENSUS 2011 AND A QUESTION OF CONSCIENCE
Thank you for your further letter of 16 May. I am grateful for your understanding.
But I am puzzled that the 2 members of my staff who called on you said that CACI (UK) Ltd would not be contracted to complete a further census. They were in no position to give that undertaking. Indeed, it is not at the moment certain whether there will be another census, or whether we can acquire the necessary information from other sources, quite apart from the uncertainty about future changes in procurement law which you mentioned! I am at a loss to know why they told you that, since they were certainly not briefed to do so. I will make sure they are correctly informed.