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Culture Online

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the impact of Culture Online on reaching new audiences for the arts, with particular reference to hard-to-reach groups. (193371)

The Department commissioned Demos to produce an overview of Culture Online’s work. Its report “Logging On: Culture, Participation and the Web” was published in May 2007. It provides an overview of lessons learned from the Culture Online programme and advice on how web technology can increase public participation in culture. I am arranging for copies of the report to be deposited in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what targets were set for measuring Culture Online’s performance in (a) engaging with hard-to-reach groups, (b) enhancing access to the arts for children and young people and (c) opening up cultural institutions to the wider community. (193372)

Culture Online commissioned a range of innovative projects aimed at different audiences. Each project had targets built into Culture Online’s delivery contract with partner organisations, which included user numbers, costs per user and, where appropriate, engagement with specific audience groups.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was set aside for Culture Online; and how much was spent in each year since 2002. (193373)

Funding of £10 million was allocated to Culture Online in 2002, mainly from the Capital Modernisation Fund. In 2005, an additional £3 million was allocated. Expenditure on Culture Online in each year since it was established is set out in the table. Culture Online closed at the end of March 2007.

Financial year

£

2002-03

265,379

2003-04

1,439,034

2004-05

3,893,000

2005-06

2,657,000

2006-07

4,205,000

2007-08 spend to date

72,312