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Departmental Surveys

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department's central media and communication unit spent on public surveys in each of the last three years. (247925)

Quantitative and qualitative research is an integral part of the development of communications campaigns. The cost of such is often included within those campaign development costs and the specific costs are not held separately. To attempt to extract those costs, covering a three year period, would be at disproportionate cost to the tax payer.

My Communications Department has also conducted omnibus surveys on public attitudes to the Government's welfare reform programme and a small amount of research on attitudes to savings and retirement in the last three years.

Details per financial year are provided in the following table.

Cost (£)

2005-06

50,000

2006-07

32,030

2007-08

46,880