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Departmental Research

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on unpublished research in (a) 2009 and (b) each of the last four years. (301306)

Most Home Office research reports are published except where the Home Office Chief Scientific Advisor decides not to publish in a Home Office series on the grounds of inadequate scientific quality following independent and external peer review, or if the results are badly out of date, or on national security or public interest grounds, or for operational reasons.

The available information for the period 2005-06 to 2009-10 is shown in the following table. It includes the programme costs of the external research projects where a decision has been taken not to publish the research as a Home Office report or where the research has had a limited distribution. We have not included research which is ongoing and where no decision has yet been taken on publication. For 2009-10 around half of the cost is attributed to a project not published on national security grounds.

Costs of external research where a decision has been taken not to publish the research.

Estimated external programme costs (£ excluding VAT)

2005-06

84,000

2006-07

10,000

2007-08

0

2008-09

253,000

2009-10

273,000