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CSO enquiries cost businesses up to €10.5m

Statistics body releases figures on the burden of its own enquiries.

THE CENTRAL STATISTICS OFFICE (CSO) has released its report on the “administrative burden” of its enquiries on Irish businesses in 2007.

The cost of responding to the enquiries reached an estimated €7.7m and €10.5m, depending on which of the two models used by the CSO is followed.

The higher figure is based on the assumption that enquiries were responded to in full, while the lower figure represents the level of responses the CSO actually received.

The CSO sent out 37 different surveys to Irish businesses in 2007, which involved over 500,000 forms. Of these, 368,928 were returned, taking 328,676 hours to fill in.