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Housing Survey

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the cost to public funds of his Department's survey on housing; and what fees are being paid in respect of this survey to the British Market Research Bureau Ltd., Marplan Ltd., Public Attitude Surveys Ltd., Research Bureau Ltd. and Research Services Ltd.

The national dwelling and housing survey has been undertaken in three phases. The survey began in 1977 and the third phase, to which my hon. Friend refers, was approved in December 1978. The total cost to public funds for the third phase, is estimated to be £1·8 million.The five companies which make up the National Surveys Consortium, the main contractors, will be paid a fee of £1·4 million, including VAT.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total number of (a) civil servants and (b) interviewers employed on his Department's survey on housing; and how many people have been asked to co-operate in the survey.

Six civil servants are being employed full-time for about a year each; about 1,700 part-time interviewers have been employed for varying periods of time by the National Surveys Consortium; and 312,000 addresses have been visited in the third phase of the national dwelling and housing survey which was approved in December 1978.