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Departmental Research

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department’s budget and that of its predecessor Department was spent on research in each of the last 10 years. (218069)

The Department’s expenditure on social research for the last seven financial years is given in the following table:

Financial year

Research expenditure (£ million)

Research expenditure as percentage of DEL

2001-02

11.8

0.24

2002-03

10.2

0.17

2003-04

12.5

0.21

2004-05

14.2

0.24

2005-06

16.9

0.29

2006-07

15.2

0.26

2007-081

15.0

0.26

1 estimated outturn for DEL

The figures on DWP research spend are supplied to the Office for National Statistics on an annual basis. The figures for Department of Work and Pensions DEL spend are taken from table 5 of the annual departmental report. DWP was only established in 2001 and so it is not possible to go back 10 years.