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Departments: Consultants

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of each payment by the Cabinet Office to Opinion Leader Research in 2005-06; (146862)

(2) what the (a) amount and (b) purpose was of each payment made by his Department to Opinion Leader Research in the last 12 months;

(3) pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2007, Official Report, column 1038W, how much his Department has paid to Opinion Leader Research since 1997.

The Cabinet Office made three payments to Opinion Leader Research in 2005-06; for £14,100, £15,098.02 and £32,900.

These payments were made by the Office of Public Sector Reform for the

“Provision of services to deliver two Policy Collaborative events to collate views of victims of volume crime and gain an understanding of what victims of volume crime want from the criminal justice system and compare their perceptions of a ‘quality service’ with existing plans to reform the criminal justice system”.

Since 1997, the Cabinet Office has made 17 payments to Opinion Leader Research at a total value of £194,000. All contracts were awarded following a competitively tendered process. None of these payments were made in the past 12 months.