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Culture: Finance

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much under each budgetary heading his Department spent on strategic commissioning in each of the last five years. (224841)

In the past five years, the Department has spent sums on strategic commissioning in the following areas:

(i) Strategic Commissioning programme for museums and galleries

The total amount spent on the Strategic Commissioning programme for museums and galleries in the past five years is set out in the following table:

£ million

2003-04

2.495

2004-05

2.284

2005-06

4.593

2006-07

4.551

2007-08

4.429

(ii) Development of youth theatre

In 2005, the Department allocated £1.8 million in strategic commissioning funding to the Arts Council for England for the development of youth theatre for the period 2005-08. The Young People's Participatory Theatre project received £1.58 million of this funding up to the end of 2007-08.

(iii) Culture Online

Culture Online, a DCMS programme, established in 2002 and ending in March 2007, received £13 million of funding from the Department for the strategic commissioning of a range of projects. Further details of this funding can be found in the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Member for Barking (Margaret Hodge) to the hon. Member on 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2124W.