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Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual growth rate of the creative industries was in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (249677)

[holding answer 20 January 2009]: The annual growth rate of the creative industries in the UK for each of the last three years for which figures are available was as follows:

Percentage

2005-06

-3

2004-05

5

2003-04

6

Source:

DCMS Creative Industries Economic Estimates—based on Annual Business Inquiry data (ONS).

The drop in growth rate from 2005 to 2006 is the result of drops in GVA for the advertising, publishing and software sectors, which are among the largest of the creative industries.

However, these data are taken from sample surveys and are subject to sampling errors. Therefore too much emphasis should not be placed on fluctuations in the figures.

These rates do not include crafts and design, as figures are not available for these sectors.