HC Deb 17 November 2003 vol 413 cc598-9W
Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list each item of market and opinion research commissioned since May 1997 by(a) his Department and (b) agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible; what the purpose of each item was; and whether the results were published. [137008]

Ms Rosie Winterton

A list of research projects carried out by the Department since 1 May 1997 was placed in the Library in July 1999. The list may not include all research projects, as some information was not centrally available. The list has been updated year on year, with the most recent list, for 2002–03, being placed in the Library in July 2003.

We are committed to consulting and involving the public to help inform both policy formulation and the delivery of better quality and more responsive public services.

Market or opinion research is commissioned only when it is justified by the needs of the policy programme and is the most economical, efficient and effective way to achieve the purpose.