§ Mr. Paul Murphy
In relation to the expenditure of the Northern Ireland Office on attitudinal research between 1997 and 2003, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by my hon. Friend the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary, on 13 May 2003,Official Report, column 206W. Expenditure in 1995–96 was £11,750. Overall expenditure on attitudinal research for the financial year 2003–04 is not yet available, although £27,480 + vat has been identified to date.
Within the Northern Ireland administration this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.