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The ONS Omnibus Survey, also known as Omnibus, is a regular, multi-purpose survey which was carried out in eight months of the year until April 2005. From this point it has run monthly. It started operating commercially in 1990 and was set up originally to meet the needs of government departments for a survey that used short and simple sets of questions, had greater statistical reliability than private sector omnibus surveys and a properly designed random sample.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Mortgage Arrears, GP practices , Health Screening, stepchildren , Condoms

*Mortgage arrears : source of mortgage, if any, and whether behind in payments.
*GP practices : awareness of practice leaflets and of new rules about changing doctors.
*Health screening : attitudes towards health tests administered by pharmacists and towards self-testing kits.
*Stepchildren : existence of step-children of informant/partner in household, receipt of child support payments from parent outside the household and existence of dependent children of
*Informant/partner outside household.
*Condoms: use of condoms among sexually active and its relation to publicity about HIV and AIDS

Great Britain, age, AIDS (disease), attitudes, care of dependants, child benefits, children, clinical tests and measurements, condom use, contraceptive devices, debts, decision making, domestic responsibilities, economic activity, educational background, employees, employment, employment history, employment programmes, ethnic groups, family members, financial support, full-time employment, gender, general practitioners, heads of household, health consultations, health services, HIV infections, home buying, home ownership, households, housing finance, housing tenure, income, industries, information, information sources, interest (finance)
Identifier Variables
GOR, standard regions
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Public health, Other
Data collecting organization (s)
Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis

Sample size varies each year. Adults, aged 16 or over, living in private households in Great Britain

ESDS Government, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access