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Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment has been made of the potential value of (a) film, (b) new media and (c) broadcasting to the UK economy; and if he will break down the results of each assessment by region. [114803]

I have been asked to reply.DCMS gathers information on the economic value of industry sectors from the Annual Business Inquiry (ABI) which is run by the Office for National Statistics. Data from the ABI is presented for Standard Industrial Classifications (SICs) and is not available at the level of detail required to answer the question precisely. We have therefore supplied information on the most relevant available industry classifications.In 2001 the gross value added of 'Motion picture and video activities' was £2,101 million and the gross value added of 'Radio and television activities' was £4,179 million. This represents 0.3 per cent. and 0.7 per cent. respectively of gross value added across the whole UK economy. There is no classification for 'New media'.Regional figures are only available for the approximate gross value added of the total of all industries defined by the SIC scheme as falling under 'recreational, cultural and sporting activities'.