I cannot see what result would emerge from a debate on the subject of the
1901 census delays, irrespective of whether or not it was something that is
competent business within the Companies Act . What good would a letter to
the appropriate Minister acheive - all we would get is the standard, bland,
The views of the Society and the whole genealogical world have been
expressed at the usergroup meetings, and my understanding from the reports
that I have had of those meetings is that the senior staff of the PRO are
just as fed up with the situation as we all are but they cannot go public.
Every single member of the Society wants to see the census, and so there is
no argument. As has been suggested many times on this list, the way
forward was for every UK resident member to write to their MP. Even
better, flood the mail of the Chancellor of the Exchequer (who really is at
fault by insisting on cheapest tenders) with our complaints.
All those concerned both as users and front-line providers are frustrated
by having had a weak system foisted on them by faceless civil servants who
think they know best. I speak from 40 plus years experience in an industry
where the Treasury has dictated every move, but without taking any
responsibility for their penny-pinching attitude (I must declare an
interest having lost several thousand pounds in investments for my old age
as a direct result of ministerial actions).