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Public Opinion Research

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on commissioning public opinion research in each of the last five years. (105446)

DFID carries out two annual surveys into public attitudes to development. One is run through Ipsos MORI into school children’s attitudes to development and another is run through the Office for National Statistics and looks at general public attitudes to development. DFID also occasionally commissions smaller pieces of research to look into attitudes to particular aspects of development. From 2004-07 DFID funded Comic Relief, through the Development Awareness Fund to carry out research into public perceptions, especially the impact of the Make Poverty History Campaign.

Records previous to 2003 are not readily available and to obtain accurate figures would incur disproportionate cost. The following table sets out figures for 2003-06:

£

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

MORI

12,431.50

12,043.75

14,775.62

ONS

32,990.00

36,120.00

41,766.00

Comic Relief—public perceptions of poverty

95,723.00

99,666.00

Total

48,455.50

143,886.75

156,207.62