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Culture: Exports

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what share of the UK's media exports were provided by the (a) video games, (b) television and (c) film industries in each year since 1997. (196877)

have been asked to reply.

The following table shows the value of UK exports of services for the creative industries provided by the (a) ‘software, computer games and electronic publishing' (b) ‘radio and TV’ and (c) ‘Video, film and photography’ sectors. The share of UK ‘media’ exports is not available, so the share of all ‘creative industries' exports has been provided instead. This share is only shown from 2000 onwards since data for total creative industries exports are not available in earlier years.

Exports of services for selected Creative Industries sectors (value, £ million)

Software, games and electronic publishing

Radio and TV

Video, film and photography

Total

Value

Share (%)

Value

Share (%)

Value

Share (%)

Value

Share (%)

1997

1,400

500

710

n/a

1998

1,700

640

680

n/a

1999

2,300

730

730

n/a

2000

2,500

26

690

7

940

10

9,500

100

2001

3,900

35

910

8

910

8

11,000

100

2002

3,500

31

1,000

9

840

7

11,300

100

2003

3,900

34

1,000

9

810

7

11,600

100

2004

4,700

36

1,300

10

940

7

13,000

100

2005

4,800

33

1,300

9

1,200

8

14,600

100

n/a = not available. Source: DCMS Creative Industries Economic Estimates statistical bulletin (Oct 2007) - based primarily on data from International Trade in Services, Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Total creative industries exports include exports of services in the following sectors: ‘advertising’, ‘architecture’, ‘art and antiques’, ‘design’, ‘video, film and photography’, ‘music and the visual and performing arts’, ‘publishing’, ‘software, computer games and electronic publishing’ and ‘radio and TV’. Exports for the ‘crafts’ and ‘designer fashion’ sectors are excluded as consistent data are not available.

The ‘software, computer games and electronic publishing’ sector comprises all firms classified in official business data under ‘publishing of software’, ‘other software consultancy and supply’ or ‘reproduction of computer media’ (only 25 per cent. of this class is included). Games development firms likely represent only a small proportion of this sector.

The ‘radio and TV’ sector comprises firms classified in official business data under ‘radio and television activities’.

The ‘video, film and photography’ sector comprises firms classified in official business data under ’reproduction of video recording’ (25 per cent. only), ‘photographic activities’ (25 per cent. only), ‘motion picture and video production’, ‘motion picture and video distribution’ or ‘motion picture projection’.

The UK Film Council also produces figures for the value of exports of services specifically by the film industry—as opposed to the wider ‘video, film and photography’ sector. Also based on ONS data, they estimate that these exports totalled £967million in 2005.