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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) made alterations to the annual and quarterly FDI questionnaires in 2013.

Primarily, the reason for the new questionnaire is that there are changes in the FDI reporting regulations as specified by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Eurostat.

These reporting regulations are contained in the “Balance of payments manual 6th edition” (BPM6), published by the IMF. This defines all balance of payments components including FDI. The UK, along with other OECD countries, must produce data which is in line with the latest concepts as described in the manual.

The BPM6 is part of the European system of accounts (ESA), which defines all national accounts variables.

PowerPoint presentation detailing the changes being made to the survey questionnaires:

Questionnaire changes for FDI (2.57 Mb Powerpoint presentation) (2.57 Mb PowerPoint presentation)

FDI questionnaire changes:

Draft (near final) FDI inwards (062) and outwards (063) paper questionnaires.

Near-final versions of the inward and outward FDI Secure Electronic File Transfer (SEFT) questionnaires. These examples are the quarterly questionnaires; however, the annual ones are identical. The new electronic forms will first be used for the Quarter 1 (January to March) 2013 and 2012 annual returns in April 2013.

The sheet titled “Questionnaire” is where data is entered.

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