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Professional Consultants (Reports)

Volume 960: debated on Friday 15 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the subjects on which professional consultants' reports were commissioned by his Department, and the total cost to the Department of such reports, in each of the years 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978.

Following is a list of reports commissioned by my Department since 1974 from professional consultants.1974

  • Analysis of Home Accidents.
  • Hazards in the Home.
  • Fire Service Control Systems.
  • Optimum Sittings for Fire Stations and Testing of Fire Cover Models.
  • Simulation of Fire Brigade Activities.
  • Fire Brigade Tactics and Methods of Fire Extinction.
  • Skills needed by Firemen.
  • Post-Nuclear Attack Studies.
  • Design of Computerised System for Inner London Magistrates Courts.
  • Home Office Salaried Staff Payroll.
  • Home Office and Metropolitan Police Statistical Data Processing.
  • Study to Establish the Horserace Totalisator Board's 13th Levy Contribution.
  • Computerisation of Fingerprint Records.
  • Management and Technical Aspects of PNC Activities.
  • Pre-Production Planning of a Mechanical Hacksaw for Manufacture by Prison Industries.
  • Computerisation of Pattern Reproduction in the Prison Clothing and Textiles Industry.
  • Footwear Production in Prison Workshops.
  • Preparation of Specifications and Inspection Check-Lists for Marketing Prison Industry Woodwork Products.
  • Testing of Plastic Gulley for Manufacture in Prison Workshops.
  • Total: £148,682.


  • Computerisation of Private Mobile Radio Licensing Procedures.
  • System Design for the Computerisation of Private Mobile Radio Licensing.
  • Computing Requirements of Immigration and Nationality Department.
  • Studies of Telephone Enquiry Bureaux.
  • Comparative Study of Minicomputers, Terminals and Peripheral Hardware.
  • Optimum Methods for Recharging Firemen's Oxygen Bottles.
  • Cost Effectiveness of Fire Salvage Operations.
  • Administrative Use of Computers by Fire Brigades.
  • Costing of Fire Brigade Activities.
  • Study of a National Surveillance System for Home Accidents (Two Studies).
  • In-Depth Studies of Home Accidents.
  • Study of Characteristics of United Kingdom Population (Home Accidents).
  • Hazards in the Home.
  • Data Collection and Analysis in Drowning Accidents (Two Studies).
  • Priority Allocation Model for Home Accidents.
  • Optimisation of Prevention and Protection Measures (Home Accidents).
  • Consequential Losses from Fires.
  • Prison Location Data Analysis Study.
  • Prevention of Drowning Accidents.
  • Classification of Waters from Safety Aspects.
  • Optimisation of Water Safety Prevention and Protection Measures.
  • Local Government: Approaches to Urban Deprivation.
  • Advice on the Scientific Work of the Home Office.
  • Design of Garden Furniture for Manufacture by Prison Industries.
  • Production Planning and Control Procedures in Prison Woodwork Shops.
  • Clothing and Equipment Price Review (Prison Industries).
  • Research on Broadcasting Commissioned by the Annan Committee on the Future of Broadcasting.
  • Total: £208,702.


  • Provision of Information to Firemen Attending an Incident.
  • Health Monitoring Study of Firemen.
  • Training Operations and Scientific Advice (Home Defence).
  • Design Study of Air Conditioning to Support Computer Installation.
  • Feasibility Study of Portable Wheel Weighing System.
  • Feasibility Study of Multi Spectral Viewers.
  • Study of Computer Systems Interface.
  • Methods of Reducing Computer Run-Times for Criminal Statistics Programs. Replacement Products for the Prison Mailbag Industry.
  • Identification of Suitable Electrical/Plastic Products for Manufacture in Prison Workshops.
  • Design of a Domestic Electric Test Set for Manufacture in Prison Workshops.
  • Study to Forecast United Kingdom Industrial Environment up to 1982.
  • Viability of Producing Precision Turned Metal Parts in Prison Workshops.

  • Feasibility of Integral Skin Foam Process in Prison Industries Door Manufacture.
  • Total: £480,031.


  • Selection for Fire Service.
  • Nuclear Attack Protection Measures.
  • Electronic Aids for Personal Protection.
  • A Case Study in the Promotion of Social Action Through Television.
  • Cost of Possible Data Protection Control Systems.
  • Clockwork Toys for Manufacture in Prison Workshops.
  • Dust and Noise Levels in Prison Weaving Sheds.
  • Design of Commercially Viable Plastic/Electrical Products for Prison Industries. Consumer Research into Hairdryers Manufactured by Prison Industries.
  • Long Term Marketing Strategy for Prison Department Electrical/Plastics Industry.
  • Total: £119,918.


  • Consequential Losses by Fire.
  • Mortality in Firemen.
  • Fire Casualties.
  • Computer Engineering Services.
  • Portable Collection of Traffic Data.
  • Police Management Information Systems.
  • Inspection of Guyed Masts at Home Office Radio Station.
  • Demonstration Project on School Vandalism.
  • Market Research on Plastic Products for the Prison Industries Injection Moulding Machines.
  • Heating Systems for Prison Manufacture.
  • The Prison Interlock Garment Industry.
  • Total: £103,573.