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Correction (Questions 164956/200017)

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

I would like to inform the House that further investigations have revealed that the answers given to questions 164956 and 200017 in the 2007-08 Session were incomplete. Question 164956 was tabled by the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) and answered by my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Mr. Dhanda) on 29 November 2007 (Official Report, column 681W). Question 200017 was tabled by the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May), and answered by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 2 June 2008 (Official Report, columns 538-539W). A correction to question 200017 was issued by my right hon. Friend on 9 July 2008 (Official Report, columns 9-10MC).

Question 164956

The response to Question 164956 should read as follows:

Since 27 June,

(a) there are ongoing surveys and research on home buying reform. Work undertaken to date by GfK cost £40,000 plus VAT.

(b) the human resources directorate conducted the second of four quarterly staff surveys. This was undertaken by Ipsos Mori at a cost of £37,000 plus VAT and measured staff opinions on a range of internal management issues.

(c) research into the impact of the firefighter awareness campaign, conducted by GfK NOP, at £20,463 plus VAT.

(d) smoke alarm maintenance creative development research, conducted by COI, at £23,800 plus VAT.

(e) feasibility study for a community attitudes survey, conducted by GfK NOP, at £65,000 plus VAT. A summary is at:

In addition, we conducted a pilot employee engagement survey of 400 staff at a cost of £11,000 including VAT. This was undertaken by Ipsos Mori and will help the Department to assess the level of employee engagement and identify the key drivers which would increase engagement levels.

Question 200017

The response to Question 200017 should read as follows:

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban), (Official Report, 29 November 2007, column 681W).

Between then and the end of the financial year, the Department has undertaken the following work from polling companies:

Andrew Irving Associates Ltd

Quantitative survey on the code for sustainable homes

Pre and post-tracking research on the effectiveness of the “Pull your Finger out” fire safety campaign

Fire safety research into the holiday accommodation sector


Firefighting careers research and recommendations

“Fire Kills” literature review

“Fire Kills” campaign recognition omnibus survey

Workshops on the importance of the English language to building communities

Survey of planning professionals about whether planning portal services met their needs

Retained duty service employers research

Cragg Ross Dawson Ltd

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive research

Ethnos Research and Consultancy

“The Drivers of Black and Asian People’s Perceptions of Racial Discrimination by Public Services: A qualitative study” (


“Connect to Your Council Takeup Campaign—Campaign Review and Recommendations for Future Local Authority Campaigns” (

FDS International

“Fire and Rescue Service: The Retained Duty System: a survey of local employers” (


HIPs consumer awareness, qualitative, and omnibus research

“Accountability of local council services—omnibus survey”

TH Seagrove

Telephone survey of tenant activists on their awareness etc. of landlords work in terms of the Respect agenda.


A survey of current and ex-firefighters in England (


Third tranche of 2007 employee survey and the production of aggregated results from the full 2007 employee survey

Senior civil service survey

Employee engagement workshops

University of York

“Housing Choices and Aspirations of Older People: Research from the New Horizons Programme” (