HC Deb 14 December 1995 vol 268 cc752-3W
Mr. Dobson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list all qualitative and quantitative research projects and surveys carried out for his Department into aspects of public attitudes and opinions(a) in general and (b) in relation to specific policy proposals in each of the past three years to December 1995. indicating for each project or survey (i) the date on which the research was commissioned.

(ii) the amount which his Department spent, (iii) who carried out the research, (iv) the number of people surveyed or taking part, (v) the location and time scale and (vi) which individuals and organisations have been given access to the findings. [5986]

Mr. Hanky

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answers given by the then Minister of State, my right hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Mr. Goodlad) on 27 October 1994,Official Report, columns 760–61, and by the then Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Mr. Baldry) on 20 March 1995, Official Report, columns 48–49. The opinion survey in question has been published in the House of Commons Library.

As part of a survey on the effectiveness of its external communications survey, the Overseas Development Administration commissioned National Opinion Poll to conduct a public opinion survey which looked generally at the way the public viewed the aid programme. This cost £3,705 plus VAT and was carried out in mid-November 1995.