HC Deb 14 June 2004 vol 422 cc767-8W
Norman Lamb

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what surveys of public perceptions of his Department and of its areas of responsibility have taken place over the last 12 months; what the(a) title and (b) nature of these surveys was; what the findings of each survey were; where these findings have been published; what the cost of such surveys was; and if he will make a statement and place copies of the surveys in the Library. [176952]

Fiona Mactaggart

The Home Office undertakes a wide range of research activities that support the development of information-led policy, including surveys of public perception and focus groups of the public that consider Home Office issues and its related areas of responsibility.

The Department conducts or commissions such work only when it is justified by the specific needs of a particular policy or programme and when this is the most economical, efficient and effective way to achieve the purpose. Consulting and involving the public helps inform both policy formulation and the delivery of better quality public services.

The available information on commissioned projects or surveys of public perception, including where these have been published is shown at Appendix 1. This table has also been placed in the Library. It has not been possible to provide detailed breakdown of costs of projects where this information is either not held centrally or is commercial in confidence.

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