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Survey Databases

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have been interviewed by her Department as a result of (a) Taking Part: The National Survey of Culture, Leisure and Sport and (b) surveys undertaken by her Department since 1997. (76230)

The information is as follows.

(a) To date approximately 22,000 people have been interviewed as a result of Taking Part: The National Survey of Culture Leisure and Sport.

The total, annual sample size for this survey will be about 30,000. This large sample size is needed to measure changes of 2-3 percentage points in participation rates with a high degree of confidence (95 per cent.), in support of the Department’s Public service agreement target 3.

Until the launch of Taking Part: The National Survey of Culture, Leisure and Sport in 2005, several of our non-departmental public bodies commissioned their own surveys, for example the sport and leisure module within the General Household Survey. Taking Part is a collaborative cross-sectoral survey and in many cases replaces the need for our partner bodies to undertake additional surveys.

(b) Aside from Taking Part, the main quantitative surveys of members of the public to which the Department has contributed funding comprise:

the International Passenger Survey of 250,000 people a year from 2000-01. This is run by the Office for National Statistics and funded mainly by a consortium of Departments. These data are required to meet requirements of the European Union directive on tourism statistics.

the General Household Survey of 20,000 people a year between 2000-01 and 2004-05, also run by the Office for National Statistics. This provided the Department with data on specific issues such as digital television; and our funding enabled our non-departmental public bodies to commission a more substantial module of questions on sport and leisure; and

several smaller surveys of 7,500 or fewer, which in total amount to about 50,000 interviews since 1997.