The Statistics Authority is saddened by the news that Lord Moser, previously the Director of the Central Statistical Office and Head of the Government Statistical Service from 1967 to 1978, died on 4 September 2015.

Speaking today, the National Statistician, John Pullinger, said:

“Claus Moser stands as an inspiration to our profession, both inside and outside government.

“He was a towering figure and pioneer. In establishing the Government Statistical Service, he brought our skills to the heart of government decision making. In creating the ground breaking Social Trends publication, he enabled a much wider public to understand and appreciate the insights statistics can bring.

“To me he was a special mentor, always there to provide encouragement and guidance. Along with many others, I will miss him greatly.”