The government receive growth figures from the ONS at 9.30am the day before they are released to the public. So David Cameron already knows what tomorrow’s growth figures will reveal. They’re widely believed to show the economy coming out of recession – which Cameron himself seemed to allude to at PMQs today – as Times Political Editor Roland Watson notes:
Has Cam just broken the law by letting slip tomorrow’s highly confidential GDP figs…? ‘The good news will keep coming.’ #pmqs
— roland watson (@rolandwatson66) October 24, 2012
The government are not meant to give any indication of what is in the GDP figures…
Update: Former Bank of England MPC member Danny Blanchflower gets in touch to say:
@labourlist I suspect we will hear from the head of the ONS shortly…..
— Danny Blanchflower (@D_Blanchflower) October 24, 2012
Update: Here’s what a Tory policy document said about crime stats before the election. Should this not also apply to the GDP figures?
“We will abolish pre-release access that Ministers, officials and special advisors have to crime statistics, so that they will no longer get more advance notice of the contents of statistical publications than the public, the press or Opposition MPs.” (our emphasis)