§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many market research and sample surveys were carried out by or for his Department 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 his Department by outside organisations; and what percentage of the total expenditure was paid to outside organisations.
§ Mr. Eggar
There were 163 projects carried out for my Department in 1988–89. The cost of these surveys in the 1988–89 financial year was £4,047,977. Outside research contractors carried out 158 of these projects, accounting for 99 per cent. of the total expenditure. I have placed details of each survey in the Library.