Commissioning: further issues - Health Committee Contents

Supplementary written evidence from the Department of Health (CFI 01B)

I am writing to clarify my remarks when I gave evidence to the Committee on 22 March.

Valerie Vaz asked me at Q525 about the publication of the surveys of public attitudes towards the national health service and social care, and in particular one that was "out in autumn 2010".

These surveys have been commissioned since 2000 and reports up to 2007 were on the Department's website. Subsequent reports were not placed on the website by my predecessors. Reports from 2008-March 2010 are however in the public domain as we placed them in the Library of the House on 3 December in response to a Parliamentary question from Liz Kendall. I have arranged for these to be placed on the website as well.

We have subsequently commissioned a further survey which was conducted during November and December. The final report of that survey has not yet been completed and when it is I will consider publication in the normal way.

I hope this clarifies the position.

Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE

March 2011

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