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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West

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

(1) if she will discuss with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Trailblazers that group's report on access to live music published in June 2013;

(2) if she will estimate the number of people under the age of 18 years with disabilities who have attended a live music concert in each of the last five years.

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

DCMS does not record the numbers of young people with disabilities attending live music events. The Equality Act 2010 requires service providers, including music venues, to make a reasonable adjustment so that disabled people are not placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled people. What is ‘reasonable’ will vary from one situation to another, as factors like the practicability of making the adjustment, the cost of the adjustment and the resources available to the organisation will vary.

We support measures taken by the live music industry to maximise accessibility to such events for disabled people, and welcome UK Music's members' commitment to ensuring that those with disabilities are able to enjoy music and that live music venues take steps to improve access where necessary.

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