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Departmental Consultants

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research has been commissioned on behalf of his Department by external consultants in the last 10 years; and what the cost was of this research. (226976)

The Department commissions social and economic research with external consultants to help inform, develop and evaluate policy initiatives. Communications research is also commissioned to assist the development of campaign strategies and future communications activities.

As the Department was established in 2001, it is not possible to provide details for the 10 years. Information on individual departmental research projects commissioned since 2001 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

Communications research is commissioned through a number of framework agreements and the Central Office of Information. Communications research is often included within campaign development costs and the specific costs are not held separately and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

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

Financial year

Social and economic research expenditure (£ million)

2001-02

11.8

2002-03

10.2

2003-04

12.5

2004-05

14.2

2005-06

16.9

2006-07

15.2

2007-081

15.0

1 Estimated outturn for DEL taken from table 5 of the annual Departmental Report.