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Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority how many (a) opinion polls and (b) surveys IPSA

(1) has commissioned since its establishment; and what estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of each such activity;

(2) is planning to conduct in the next 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the cost of each such activity.

Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Conservative, Broxbourne

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.

Letter from Scott Woolveridge, dated June 2011

As acting Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about opinion polls and surveys planned and conducted by IPSA.

Since IPSA began operations in May 2010 it has conducted one public opinion poll and one external online survey as part of the first Annual Review of the MPs' Expenses Scheme. The opinion poll was part of a regular omnibus poll conducted by an independent polling company at a cost of approximately £2700. The online survey was created by IPSA staff using commercial software, at a one-off cost of £1169 (with one-off web hosting cost of £464). This software has subsequently been used for a website usability survey and may be used to conduct future external surveys.

At this stage, IPSA does not have specific plans for future external surveys or opinion polling, although we would anticipate periodically carrying out research into public opinion in relation to the work of IPSA.

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