§ Mr. Wickenden
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much, in the most recent convenient year, was expended by his Department in commissioning studies and reports by outside organisations or individuals.
§ Mr. Mark Carlisle
Expenditure by my Department on research and other commissioned work, including that of committees of inquiry, amounted to £4.5 million in the financial year 1980–81. This includes grants totalling £1.5 million to the Schools Council, the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation and the National Foundation for Educational Research. Figures of expenditure on commissioned work by other grant-aided institutions could not be provided without disproportionate cost.