HC Deb 10 January 2000 vol 342 cc39-40W
Dr. Harris

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many research contracts have been let by his Department since May 1997; what is the value of each contract; and in each case whether the contract included(a) a departmental veto over publication of the research results, (b) departmental control over the date of publication of the research results and (c) a requirement that the final research results incorporate departmental amendments. [100145]

School name Project description Date approved Total1
The Annunciation RC Infant New windows July 1997 11,999
New entrance July 1997 12,997
Window and door replacement May 1998 13,141
Work to entrance May 1998 13,159
The Blessed Dominic RC Primary Library accommodation October 1999 21,963
Work to covered link May 1997 1,703
Hasmonean Primary Replace dilapidated buildings January 1999 480,000
Independent Jewish Day Classroom extension June 1999 162,282
Replacement fire escape March 1998 2,761
Work to covered link July 1998 12,923
St. John's CE Infant External work June 1999 12,220
St. Joseph's RC Infant New windows May 1999 17,068
St. Joseph's RC Junior Toilets (NDS) October 1997 16,441
New windows May 1999 73,379
Office improvements November 1997 4,879
St. Mary's CE Junior Roof renewal April 1999 121,645
Work to cavity trays August 1997 2,181

Mr. Wills

[holding answer 6 December 1999]: Full details of the Department's research contracts and their value are presented in the Department's Annual Report on Research. The 1997 and 1998 Annual Reports are lodged with the House of Commons' Library. The 1999 report will be published shortly. In the absence of this, a list of research contracted since May 1997 is attached.

The results of research are routinely published in line with the requirements of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. The Department aims to publish or release for publication at least 80 per cent. of research reports within 16 weeks of receiving a final draft from its contractors.

There is no veto over publication of the findings and Ministers are informed of intentions to publish. Contractors are not required to incorporate Departmental amendments. The wording of DfEE research contracts was revised in October 1998 to make this point clearer to contractors.