Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 30th October 2006.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the contribution of the BBC to (a) the UK balance of payments and (b) the creative economy; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Creative Industries & Tourism)

The Department has no single estimate of the contribution made by the BBC or other individual broadcasters to the economy. In 2004, however, the TV and radio sector accounted for 0.9 per cent. of the UK's total Gross Value Added and 10 per cent. of the £13 billion total exports of the UK's creative industries.

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