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Live Music

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the MORI research into live music commissioned by her Department will be published; and why the MORI presentation to the Live Music Forum on its research was cancelled. (98718)

The Department expects to publish the MORI research into live music in December.

The decision to cancel the MORI presentation was based on our desire to ensure that the data were subject to suitable quality assurance procedures. In addition, presenting to the Forum would not have been consistent with national statistics protocols to ensure equal access to the data for all interested parties, including the Live Music Forum, the Musician's Union and the general public.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department will be making Ipsos-MORI’s research on the impact of the new licensing legislation on live music available to the (a) Live Music Forum, (b) Musicians Union and (c) the general public. (98941)

The current Ipsos-MORI research on live music licensing will be released to the Live Music Forum, the Musicians’ Union and the general public at the same time. We currently expect to release the report in December.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reason certain members of the Live Music Forum previewed the Ipsos-MORI research recently commissioned by her Department; and what criteria were used in inviting such participation. (98942)

The National Statistics Code of Practice sets out the guidelines for the release of statistics. It states that early access is permitted for those “able to offer useful ideas, comments and criticism on the quality and presentation of the information”. Two members of the Live Music Forum were specifically chosen to review the draft of the research report because of their knowledge and experience of the live music industry, and, in particular, expertise in small venues—a focus of this study.