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Culture: Young People

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people under the age of 16 who have (a) performed music live to an audience, (b) taken part in a theatre production, (c) visited an art gallery, (d) visited a library and (e) visited an historic building in each of the last three years. (255897)

The Taking Part survey provides data on engagement with a range of cultural activities by children aged 11 to 15. The child element of the survey began in January 2006 and data are therefore available for 2006 and 2007 only.

The following table shows the percentage of children aged 11 to 15 who had participated in the listed activities in the 12 months prior to interview:

Engagement in a selection of cultural activities during the past 12 months, by children aged 11 to 15

Percentage

2006

2007

Played a musical instrument to an audience or rehearsed

21.3

22.2

Rehearsed or performed in a play or drama

37.6

36.2

Visited an exhibition or collection of art, photography or sculpture

17.7

17.2

Visited a library

71.6

72.6

Visited a historic environment site

72.0

73.2

Note:

These figures are survey estimates which each sit within a range. The data have been extracted from the report published in October 2008, ‘Headline findings from the child survey 2007’. The full report and accompanying data workbooks are available from the DCMS website at

http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/publications/5481.aspx