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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department has spent on (a) citizens' juries, (b) focus groups and (c) other deliberative forms of public opinion research in each month since January 2006. (166588)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created at the end of June 2007. Since then, the Department has paid to Sciencewise projects (Sciencewise is a programme funded by the Government to help policy makers find out people's views on emerging areas of science and technology so that they can take these into account when making national policy decisions) the following amounts, broken down by month:

£

Month

Spend

July 2007

98,652.19

August 2007

6,378.22

September 2007

60,000.00

October 2007

36,067.93

November 2007

3,177.92

December 2007

19,847.47

January 2008

0

February 2008

22,437.64

The Department has also held five student juries as preliminary work to the National Student Forum which took place on the following dates and locations:

Date

Location

30 November 2007

London

28 January 2008

Manchester

31 January 2008

London

1 February 2008

Bristol

4 February 2008

Sheffield

The costs for these juries totalled just over £30,600.