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Departmental Opinion Polls

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Adam Holloway Adam Holloway Conservative, Gravesham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which subjects his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) conducted opinion polling in each of the last two years; which such polls canvassed opinion from Departmental employees; and what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on such polling.

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The following central departmental surveys have been commissioned and conducted since June 2007:

Survey of Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) stakeholders (2008)

Staff engagement survey (2007 and 2008)

Survey measuring awareness of FCO among the public (2008)

Survey of partners across Government (2009)

All these surveys have been commissioned by FCO and conducted by external, independent research organisations.

The staff engagement surveys in 2007 and 2008 canvassed opinion from departmental employees.

The total cost of the five surveys listed above is £198,000.

The FCO is a global organisation consisting of a number of directorates in the UK and over 200 overseas posts. Some directorates and overseas posts conduct independent surveys on specific issues. Information about such surveys is not held centrally. To collate information on surveys conducted across the whole of the FCO would involve collecting information from all directorates and all overseas posts, which would incur disproportionate costs.

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