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Departments: Research

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies are being carried out for his Department by external organisations. (124833)

The Department and its agencies commission research and advice through a wide range of research contractors, including industry, academia and public research establishments. We also contribute to European and other international research programmes.

Transport research programmes cover a very wide range of issues. A detailed answer could be provided only at disproportionate cost as a complete record of all studies is not collected centrally.

However, information about the Department’s evidence needs and how we meet them is given in the Evidence and Research Strategy (accessible at: Details of many research projects can be found on the DfT Research Database ( and on the websites of the Highways Agency ( and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (