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Political Parties: Finance

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission spent on commissioning MORI to conduct a review into attitudes to party funding in 2006. (119595)

The Electoral Commission informs me that the research it commissioned through Ipsos MORI into public attitudes into party funding in the United Kingdom, which concluded in November 2006, cost £158,000. The intention of the research was to provide a better understanding of public attitudes to party political funding in order to inform current policy discussion in this area, and in particular Sir Hayden Phillips’ Review of the Funding of Political Parties.