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Opinion Leader Research

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Minister for Women what contracts relating to its policies on women and equalities the Government have granted to Opinion Leader Research since 1997; and what (a) the title and purpose of the project, (b) the cost to the public purse and (c) the dates at which (i) the project was put to tender, (ii) the project was awarded to Opinion Leader Research, (iii) the project was carried out, (iv) the project was completed and (v) the project's findings were presented to Government in each instance. (165039)

On 21 September 2005, a contract was awarded to Opinion Leader Research to carry out a social research project, “Today's Woman: A picture of women in Britain today”, to explore the aspirations and concerns facing women in the UK. This award was based on expertise and value for money. The cost of the research came to £76,836.51.

The project had been put to competitive tender in August 2005 and four organisations had submitted proposals.

The research was conducted between October 2005 and January 2006, and analysis completed in June 2006. The findings were presented to Government and incorporated into a report, “Today's Woman: Your say in the Future”, published in June 2007.