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Entertainment Industry

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual turnover of the UK entertainment industry in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what the tax revenue was for that sector for each of those years; what estimate he has made of the effect on future turnover and tax revenue of the Programme Making and Special Events sector of the industry of the potential sale of the 14 UHF TV bands by Ofcom following the digital switchover; and if he will make a statement. (98188)

The Government analyses Corporation tax liabilities in a variety of sectors, but it is not possible to provide data specifically on the entertainment industry, which is included within “Other Services” in the published HMRC statistics.

It also not possible to estimate either future turnover or tax revenues in the Programme Making and Special Events sectors as a result of any potential sale of parts of the broadcasting spectrum.