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Performing Arts

Volume 490: debated on Thursday 26 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has engaged any (a) actors, (b) musicians and (c) other performers to support its initiatives over the last five years. (264065)

The Department for Transport has engaged actors, musicians and other performers over the last five years. Performers are typically engaged through third-party suppliers contracted to deliver marketing and education products or staff training.

Examples include the use of performers by the central Department for THINK! Road Safety and Act On CO2 climate change commercials for radio, television and cinema as well as press, poster and online material. The Driving Standards Agency and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency have used performers in educational videos for young driver training and MOT testers respectively. The Highways Agency has used actors for role play in recruitment selection campaigns where this was considered beneficial and value for money. The Department has also used actors in role play exercises to aid learning and understanding in management development programmes and diversity awareness training, for example.

Central records do not identify the number and discipline of the performers engaged directly or indirectly by the Department and additional detail could be provided only at disproportionate cost.