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Social Research Service

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost was of the Government Social Research Service in her Department in each of the last five years; how many projects have been completed by the service in that period; and how many people are employed in the service in her Department. (95855)

All Government Social Researchers in DCA are located within the departmental research unit. Within this unit there are both specialist researchers and support staff. There are currently eight Government Social Researchers employed in DCA. The following list details departmental research unit spend for the last five financial years:

Total research spend by financial year (including paybill and running costs)

Amount (£)

2005-06

854,767

2004-05

944,747

2003-041

1,091,037

2002-03

837,804

2001-02

568,981

1 Please note DCA was created in June 2003. Earlier figures relate to the Lord Chancellor’s Department.

The total spend by the Government Social Research service (GSR) in DCA does not necessarily equate to the total spend by DCA on social research, as research may be commissioned by others as part of wider projects. Records show a total of about 50 completed projects in that period funded by the service.