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Creative Sparks Initiative: Expenditure

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on the Creative Sparks initiative in each year since its inception; and what plans it has for expenditure on Creative Sparks over the next two years. (187689)

The DCMS Five Year Plan ‘Living Life to the Full’, published in March 2005, included a proposal to develop the Creative Sparks initiative by 2010. It is being enacted through the ‘Find your Talent’ policy announced on 13 February 2008. The sum of £25 million has been set aside over the next three years by the DCMS, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, Arts Council England and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council to establish 10 local area pilots where a full range of partners will trial different ways of delivering a comprehensive cultural offer. In the interim period, the DCMS and DCSF have continued to invest significant amounts in cultural programmes aimed at children and young people. These include Creative Partnerships, Cultural Hubs, the education element of Renaissance in the Regions and Strategic Commissioning for museums and galleries.