HC Deb 06 December 1989 vol 163 cc235-6W
Mr. Blunkett

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many market research and sample surveys were carried out by or for the Central Office of Information in the last 12 months; what was the cost of each; what was the total cost; how many were carried out in-house; how many were carried out for the Central Office of Information by outside organisations; and what percentage of the total expenditure was paid to outside organisations.

Mr. Ryder

One hundred and forty-four separate research projects were undertaken by COI on behalf of various Government Departments in 1988–89. The total cost of these, including VAT, was £2.3 million. Interviewing, data analysis and the majority of report preparation was undertaken for COI by specialist commercial organisations, usually appointed on tender: some 70 per cent. of the above cost was paid to those outside organisations. The details of each project is a matter for the Department which commissioned the research.

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