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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

(1) pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, column 345W, on the arts, when the project into quantifying the economic benefit of the arts and cultural sector will be completed; and if he will publish the report of the project;

(2) whether he has plans to commission a study on the value of the arts to (a) the economy and (b) society.

Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is currently in a scoping phase regarding the project aimed at providing a framework for quantifying the economic contribution of the Department’s sectors, including arts and culture. Once this scoping phase is completed, we will be in a position to decide whether this work will be undertaken internally or commissioned externally. Once complete, the outputs of this work will be published on the DCMS website.

This project is focused on economic contribution. A few strands of work have been completed on the value of arts to society. Research produced through the Department’s CASE programme considers the value of culture in terms of engagement. This can be found at the following link:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/research/CASE-value-summary-report-July10.pdf

The Arts Council did a large scale consultation in 2007 on the value of arts, the details of which can be found at the following link:

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/about-us/research/public-value-programme/arts-debate-findings/

A report was written for the Department on the measurement of the value of culture and this was published in December 2010. This can be found at the following link:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/publications/7660.aspx

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