Leisure: Surveys
Culture Media and Sport

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Menzies Campbell (North East Fife, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost of the Taking Part survey was in each year since its introduction.

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Hugh Robertson (The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Faversham and Mid Kent, Conservative)

The following table sets out how much the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has spent on the Taking Part survey in each completed year since its introduction. These figures are net of any recoverable VAT (and include contributions from Sport England, Arts Council England and English Heritage).

The cost of the survey has varied over different years according to the measurement needs and strategy used. Initially a larger sample was used but was reduced after the first three years. 2009-10 was an interim year with a smaller sample and shorter survey to provide headline results between the more detailed surveys of 2008-09 and 2010-11.

Survey year Final costs (main survey, including pilots and other development work) (£)
2005-06 Y1 2,627,088
2006-07 Y2 2,572,595
2007-08 Y3 3,121,211
2008-09 Y4 1,719,650
2009-10 Y5 381,310
2010-11 Y6 1,986,536
April-June 2011 Y6(1) 217,933
2011-12 Y7 1,046,241
(1) Y6 extension—The Year 6 extension was an interim payment to continue the survey in Year 7 (2011-12) while the new contract was being finalised for the period 2011-12 to 2014-15.

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