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Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) the title and subject, (b) the total cost to his Department and (c) the commissioned author or organisation of each external report commissioned by his Department in each year since 1997. [103718]

We estimate that the total cost of external research commissioned by the Research, Development and Statistics Directorate between 1997–98 and 2001–02 (the latest year for which figures were available) was £39.3 million. In addition, the estimated total cost of other external reports included in the table was £6.7 million.For this purpose, external reports are those that are produced at the request of the Department by a person, group or organisation external to the Department, and which are publicly available.

(1) Research, Development and statistics

The Home Office commissions a wide range of research activities that support the development of information-led policy. All research reports published by the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate since 1997 are available in the House of Commons Library. Some of these publications have input from external authors as well as Home Office officials, and each publication identifies and credits the authorship of the publication. The latest list of RDS publications since 1997 has been placed in the Library.

(2) Community Policy

Public perceptions of identity/entitlement cards qualitative research, November 2002, Cragg Ross;

Omnibus Identity/entitlement card attitudinal research in Great Britain, December 2002, RSGB;

Omnibus identity/entitlement card attitudinal research in the United Kingdom, February 2003, RSGB;

Black and Minority Ethnic Group identity/entitlement card attitudinal research, March 2003, Taylor Nelson Sofres; and

Independent Review of Coroners Services. Due for completion by Easter 2003. A date for publication is still to be confirmed.

(3) Corporate Development and Services Group

Models of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender staff networks. A Report for the Home Office Human Resources Equality Unit. Prepared by Stonewall, April 2002.

(4) Police Resources Unit

Police Standards Unit has produced one report that is publicly available, but it was written internally (on Parking Priority Areas) and they have commissioned one external report, but it is not publicly available (only to a police audience—on Streetcrime);

The Impact of Population Sparsity on the Cost of provision of Police Services from ORH, 1998;

Police Costs and Population Characteristics—PA Consulting, 1999;

Change Proposals to Increase the Presence of Police in Communities, Policing Bureaucracy Taskforce, chaired by Sir David O'Dowd, 17 September 2002;

Distraction burglary among older adults and ethnic minority communities: to be published shortly—Salford Mental Health Services and Studio III Clinical Services; and

PSDB publish a wide range of specialist scientific reports. Where these do not bear a national security classification, they are placed on the PSDB website, and those of more general interest, have been placed in the House of Commons Library. They sometimes contain data commissioned from external scientific laboratories.

(5) Youth Justice Board (since 1999)

Mental Health need and offending in adolescents leaving secure care, University of Manchester;

Reducing Street Crime—Enterprise LSE Ltd;

Assessment of AIM Initiative—University of Birmingham;

Mapping and Exploring Services for young people who sexually abuse, University of Durham;

Custodial regimes Policy Research Bureau;

Detention and Training Order Outcomes Policy Research Bureau;

Ethnic minorities—University of Oxford;

Youth Offending Team Structures, Morgan Harris and Burrows;

Appropriate Adults—Surrey University;

Learning Styles—Nottingham/Oxford University;

Smart Thinking Programme Citizenship Foundation;

Restorative Justice Approaches with Looked After Children—Hertfordshire University;

Brinsford Young Offenders Institute Restorative Justice programme—De Montfort University;

Oxford University Reconviction Study;

Reconviction Study—Institute of Education;

Reconviction Study—Policy Research Bureau;

Reconviction Study—Essex University;

Reconviction Study—Surrey University;

Reconviction Study—Sheffield University;

Continuity of mental health provision for custody to the community, University of Manchester;

Differential sentencing—NACRO;

Extension study restorative justice in schools evaluation, Oxford/Partners in evaluation;

Youth Survey—MORI;

Bail Supervision and Support Evaluation—NACRO Cymru;

Referral Orders—CGEY;

Drug research—Galahad Substance Misuse Solutions Ltd;

Extended ASSET research—Oxford University;

Detention and Training Orders—PA Consulting Evaluation of short term;

Review of police and social services data—Social Information Systems;

Retrospective study on pyos—NACRO;

Comparison of Secure Training Centres, Local Authority Secure Units and Young Offenders Institutes—NACRO;

Restorative Justice in schools—PiE;

Reengagement with education—Ecotec;

Review of sentencing decisions—Policy Research Bureau;

Health/education workers—NACRO;

Reconviction Study across secure estat—NACRO;

Multi systematic therapy—University of Manchester; Schools Omnibus—Mori;

Training in European funding opportunities—EISS (University of Kent);

Final Warning Research—Social Information Systems;

Asset Research—University of Oxford;

Detention and Training Order Research Policy—Research Bureau /NACRO;

Focus Groups—Mori;

Smart Thinking Programme—The Citizenship Foundation;

London Street Crime Scoping Exercise—Marion Fitzgerald;

Be Your Best—Be your Best Rock Challenge;

Old Street Magistrates Court—Community Advice Project;

Software system—Viewpoint Organisation;

Development of Youth Offending Team Victim policies—NACRO;

Restorative Justice pilot project—Oxford/Partners in evaluation;

Housing Survey—CGEY;

Multi systematic therapy—University of Manchester;

Interventions supporting final warnings, Sheffield University;

Evaluation of board funded Restorative Justice and CB programmes, Oxford University;

Evaluation of board funded parenting programmes—Policy Research Bureau;

Evaluation of board funded drug and alcohol programmes—Essex University;

Evaluation of board funded mentoring programmes—Surrey University;

Evaluation of board funded education employment programmes—Institute of Education; and

Victim Assessment tool—NACRO.