Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Conservative, Mid Worcestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the role that the programme making and special events sector plays in supporting the creative industries in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The creative industries are a great success story for the UK, worth more than £36 billion a year. We are working hard with colleagues across Government and the sector to ensure this remains the case, identifying barriers to growth for businesses in the sector, and working to overcome these, in priority areas such as accessing finance, ensuring people in the industry have the right skills to compete successfully, and helping businesses in the sector make the most of export opportunities and encouraging overseas firms to invest in the UK. It is recognised by Government that PMSE services play an increasingly important role across a number of creative industries including television and radio production, theatre and other live events. It is, therefore, important that the spectrum strategy recently announced in our “Connectivity, Content and Consumers” paper takes proper account the needs of PMSE users.

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