Enumerators' schedules of returns made by heads of households for the 1961 census, which include the names, age, sex, occupation and parish and county of birth of individual members of the population of England, Wales and the Channel Islands; included in this series are returns from ships of the Royal Navy at sea and in ports abroad.
Creating government department or its successor, not available at The National Archives
General Register Office, 1836-1970
Retained by department, subject to 100 year closure
Administrative / biographical background:
The 1961 census followed the same general pattern as the previous census but with two major innovations. Firstly, as the full list of questions exceeded that for 1951, sampling was introduced; ten per cent of households had to answer additional questions. Secondly, the main operations of processing the results were carried out by electronic computer. The tables for publication were typed automatically from punched cards and reproduced by photographic methods.
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