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Creative Pioneer Academy

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many people attended the Creative Pioneer Academy in each of the last three years; (164473)

(2) how many awards have been given as part of the Creative Pioneer Academy; and for what purposes these awards have been used;

(3) what the total cost was of the Creative Pioneer Academy in each of the last three years.

[holding answer 15 November 2007]: I have been asked to reply.

The Creative Pioneer Academy was a programme set up by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and responsibility for NESTA transferred to my Department in June 2007.

I have been advised by the chief executive of NESTA that the academy, which has now closed, was attended by 30 pioneers in 2004, 25 in 2005 and 30 in 2006. A total of 48 awards of up to £35,000 were awarded to enable the participants to put the knowledge acquired into practice and to implement their business plan. The total cost of the academy was £824,000 in 2004-05, £912,000 in 2005-06 and £757,000 in 2006-07.