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Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) questionnaires, (b) statistical inquiries and (c) investigations have been carried out wholly or partly at public expense on behalf of or by her Department or public bodies for which she is responsible in each year since 1997; and what the (i) nature, (ii) purpose and (iii) cost was of each. (83191)

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the following information is readily available:

Questionnaires and statistical inquiries

Taking Part Survey—a continuous survey of individuals in private households collecting information on how people choose to spend their time and their views on the leisure activities and facilities available to them. Results are used to provide a robust evidence base for policy-making and to monitor participation and attendance in DCMS sectors by priority groups, reflecting our PSA3 target for 2005-08.

Total Cost: £1.47 million (2005-06), £2.7 million (2006-07)—funded by DCMS, Arts Council England, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Sport England and English Heritage

General Household Survey—prior to the launch of the Taking Part survey, the Department made an annual contribution to this major ONS survey. Additionally, in 2002-03, Sport England and Arts Council England jointly funded a module on the survey to collect information on individuals' participation and attendance in sporting and cultural activities.

DCMS Contribution: £16,300 (2000-01), £16,700 (2001-02), £17,200 (2002-03), £17,600 (2003-04), £18,000 (2004-05)

UK Time Use Survey—along with several other Departments, DCMS made contributions over five years relating to this large one-off survey in 2000, with surplus finances used to fund a follow-up exercise in 2005. The survey combined diary and questionnaire elements to illustrate how people in the UK spend their time.

DCMS Contribution: £30,000 (in each year 1998-99 to 2002-03)

International Passenger Survey—the Department makes an annual contribution to this survey run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Information is gathered on tourism to and from the UK and is used to meet our statutory requirement to provide tourism statistics to Eurostat.

DCMS Contribution: £1,600 (2000-01), £18,300 (2001-02), £18,900 (2002-03), £1,800 (2003-04), £20,300 (2004-05), £21,100 (2005-06)

Other Tourism Surveys—As part of a consortium, DCMS funded the last GB Day Visits Survey in 2002-03 to capture information on the volume and value of this important element of the tourism industry. Alongside results from other tourism surveys, this allows estimation of the size of the industry and monitoring of progress towards industry growth targets.

DCMS Contribution: £45,000 (2001-02)

Although DCMS does not contribute directly to their funding, two other major tourism surveys are carried out by the National Tourist Boards partly on the Department’s behalf. The UK Tourism Survey collects information on domestic overnight trips and the UK Occupancy Survey collects information on levels of occupancy in different types of accommodation. The results of both these surveys are used by the Department to meet our statutory requirement to provide tourism statistics to Eurostat.

Broadcasting Surveys—As part of its work on the BBC Charter Review and Digital Switchover, DCMS has undertaken a number of surveys of individuals.

Cost: £35,000 (2001-02), £120,000 (2004-05), £32,500 (2005-06)

Licensing Surveys—Prior to the recent change in the Licensing Act, a Liquor Licensing statistical bulletin was published by DCMS in 2004, and this is scheduled to be updated in 2007 (though reflecting changes in laws). The Department has also undertaken several small-scale ad-hoc surveys in relation to the implementation of the new Act. A survey of betting licences was also carried out in 2003.

Costs: Not separately identified.

Investigations: other departmental research projects

The Department has undertaken a number of research projects over the last few years to provide evidence to support policy. The projects since 2003-04 have been undertaken at a cost of over £1 million and include:


Budget (£000)

Gambling prevalence


Arts and crime / Arts and health


Productivity in the music industry


Public libraries position statements


Local authority performance framework