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Government Social Research Service

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the Government Social Research Service in his 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 his Department. (95854)

There were no Government Social Researchers in DEFRA prior to December 2003. Since that date, the requested figures are as follows:

£000Number

Financial year

Project cost

Staff cost

Total cost

Completed projects1

GSR staff (min-max)

2003-04

175

23

198

0

0-1

2004-05

1,222

109

1,331

9

1-4

2005-06

1,803

263

2,066

22

5-5

2006-07

21,034

2234

21,268

10

4-5

1 These figures do not include the considerable outputs of the Rural Evidence Research Centre, which take a variety of forms (including conference papers and workshops/seminars) and which are therefore more difficult to enumerate. 2 Forecast.

The expenditure recorded does not necessarily reflect the total expenditure on social research across the whole of DEFRA, as sometimes work is commissioned and funded directly from policy budgets without the knowledge or involvement of Government Social Research staff.