Please can you tell me how much money was spent by your department on the Opera report mentioned in your press release http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1925280
Furthermore, can you please let me know how much of this cost the department has identified as having been wasted by reviewing the claims the Opera report makes in light of Ben Goldacre's expose of it's inadequacies (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/24/bad-science-local-go...)?
Can you also furnish me with details of the qualifications of those civil servants and politicians in your department who were involved in the commissioning and acceptance of this report, and the writing of the press release? I am specifically interested in knowing their level of competence in areas such as mathematics and critical reasoning.
I would also be obliged if you would furnish me with details of the procedures you use for providing remedial training to your staff and politicians to avoid making clear arithmetic errors and similarly to avoid commissioning companies which are unable to provide simple accurate analyses in their reports?
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