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Opinion Polling

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost has been of opinion polling conducted for his Department in each year from 1996-97 to 2005-06; what the expenditure has been so far in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. (97027)

My Department carried out limited annual public attitude omnibus surveys between 2001 and 2004. In 2005, in order to make the findings more robust, an increased number of new attitude statements were tested among the public prior to being included in omnibus research. In 2005 we also conducted a piece of research to monitor public awareness of the Department and its responsibilities.

Cost (£)

2001 -Public Attitudes - Wave 1

9,350

2002 - Public Attitudes - Wave 2

9,600

2003 - Public Attitudes - Wave 3

10,450

2004 - Public Attitudes - Wave 4

11,100

2005 - Public Attitudes Public Awareness - Wave 5 and New 1

86,000

2006 - Public Attitudes

50,000

2007

Unavailable at this time

Total

160,600

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what issues his Department has conducted opinion polling since 2005; what the cost has been in each case; and if he will make a statement. (97028)

The information is as follows:

Omnibus Survey Research

My Department conducted annual omnibus surveys to monitor public attitudes to the Government’s welfare reform programme in 2005 and 2006. In addition, a further piece of research was conducted in 2005 to monitor public awareness of the Department and its responsibilities.

In 2005 the cost of the public attitudes survey was £43,000 and public awareness survey was £43,000. The cost of the public attitudes survey in 2006 was £50,000.