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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) her Department and (b) the UK Border Agency and its predecessors spent on polling and focus groups in each of the last five years. (226058)

During the past five years, spend on opinion polling by the Home Office and the UK Border Agency and predecessors has been as follows (IND and BIA were the UKBA predecessors):

Spend on opinion polling (£)

2003-04

HO (Inc. IND)

128,850

2004-05

HO (Inc. IND)

124,610

2005-06

0

2006-07

Home Office

97,075

BIA

82,500

2007-08

Home Office

69,700

UKBA

45,000

We are unable to answer the question relating to focus groups on the grounds of disproportionate cost.