HC Deb 20 May 2004 vol 421 c1150W
Norman Lamb

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what surveys of public perceptions of(a) his Department, (b) schools and other education institutions and (c) teaching unions have taken place over the last 12 months; what the (i) title and (ii) nature of these surveys was; what the findings of each survey were; where these findings have been published; what the cost of all such surveys was; and if he will place copies of the surveys in the Library. [174339]

Mr. Stephen Twigg

[holding answer 18 May 2004]: In the past 12 months my Department has contributed to the British Social Attitudes Survey and commissioned a survey of public perceptions of education.

The British Social Attitudes Survey is an annual independent survey on a range of issues which is managed by the National Centre for Social Research. The Department contributes to a module of questions around education and skills issues. The Department's contribution to the survey in 2003 cost £62,700. Findings are published by the National Centre for Social Research in hardcopy and on their website and results for 2003 are due to be published in November 2004.

The Public Perception of Education Survey is an annual survey commissioned by the Department that asks the public's view of the education service nationally. It was last carried out in November 2003 and cost £51,140. The findings will be published on the Department's internet site in June 2004 and a copy will be placed in the Library.

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