John Erritt

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Michael John Mackey Erritt, CB (15 February 1931, Belfast - 3 October 2002, Lindfield, Sussex) was the Deputy Director of the British Government Statistical Service.



  • Research Officer, Science and Industry Committee, 1953
  • Assistant Statistician, Central Statistical Office, 1955
  • Statistician: Board of Trade, 1960; H.M. Treasury, 1964; Board of Trade, 1967
  • Chief Statistician: Inland Revenue, 1968; Central Statistical Office, 1973; Departments of Industry, Trade and Prices and Consumer Protection, 1975; Ministry of Defence, 1979
  • Assistant Under-Secretary of State and Director of Statistics, Ministry of Defence, 1981
  • Assistant Director, Central Statistical Office, 1985-1991; Deputy Director, Government Statistical Service, 1989-1991.

He moved from the MoD back to the CSO because Michael Heseltine ordered a reduction in the number of statisticians in the MoD and his post was downgraded.