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Cultural Heritage: Young People

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many children under the age of 16 years (a) participated in arts activity, (b) attended an arts event, (c) accessed a museum or gallery and (d) visited an historic environment site in each year since 1997 for which figures are available. (194919)

We do not have year on year data recording children's involvement with these cultural activities. However, our ‘Taking Part’ survey, conducted in 2006, showed that the following proportions of 11 to 15-year-olds:

(a) Attended an arts event: 74 per cent;

(b) Participated in an arts activity: 91 per cent;

(c) Visited a museum or gallery: 55 per cent;

(d) Visited a historic environment site: 72 per cent.

We do not hold data prior to this.