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Digital Britain Review

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the Digital Britain Summit in April 2009; and where he expects the event to take place; (254778)

(2) what Digital Britain events are planned to take place in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England in the next 12 months; and how much is planned to be spent on staging each such event.

As set out in the Government’s Digital Britain interim report, focused events will take place in the UK nations ahead of publication of the Government’s final report as well as a summit due to take place in April. These events will provide an opportunity to explain thinking on the key issues as far as possible and allow interested stakeholders to make representations. The details of these events have not been fully developed and the costs are not yet available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what original research has been commissioned by the Digital Britain Review; which organisations and individuals have been commissioned to conduct such research; what the estimated cost of each project is; and what plans he has to publish the outcomes of such research. (254779)

To date the following original research has been commissioned in relation to the Digital Britain Review:

An analysis of the key trends and issues in the UK media and telecoms sector, provided by Enders Analysis;

An audit, commissioned from Ofcom, of their existing research; and

A very small space on an omnibus survey looking at the importance of digital media now and in the future.

The research produced by Enders Analysis and Ofcom was published as Annexes to the Interim Report on 29 January and is available at:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/broadcasting/5631.aspx

The responses provided for the omnibus survey will be incorporated into the final report due in the summer.

It would not be appropriate to provide the costs of each individual piece of research for reasons of commercially confidentiality. However, the total cost is estimated at around £21,350.