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Sports: Public Participation

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's 20 public service agreement 3 targets to increase the take-up of cultural and sporting opportunities by those aged 16 years and above from each of the priority groups have been achieved; and if he will make a statement. (249674)

[holding answer 20 January 2009]: Four out of the 20 targets that make up the overall PSA3 target have been assessed as achieved. These are:

3 percentage point increase in those from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds attending historic environment sites;

2 percentage point increase in those from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds attending museums and galleries;

2 percentage point increase in those from lower socio-economic backgrounds attending museums and galleries;

3 percentage point increase in those from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds attending arts events.

The assessment was made by comparing the baselines collected during 2005-06 with the final estimates from 2007-08.

We always knew these would be very challenging targets, and we remain committed to increasing participation in culture and sport across all sectors of the community. Our programme of research is helping us to better understand and address the barriers to participation. The results should help us in giving more people the opportunity to take part.