James Chapman
UK Daily Mail
Monday, Oct 26th, 2009

Ministers are being accused of planning to snoop into citizens’ private lives in the most intrusive national census ever carried out.

The 2011 survey will demand to know how many bedrooms there are in homes and detailed information about any ‘overnight visitors’.

Other new questions include how well respondents can speak English, what kind of central heating they have installed, whether they have a second home, how they define their national identity and whether they are in civil partnerships.

The Conservatives said the attempt to find out sleeping arrangements was particularly objectionable.

The demand for the number of bedrooms in each home, coupled with a requirement to give the name, sex, date of birth and address of any overnight visitors, amounted to ‘bedroom snooping’, they said.