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Economic Recovery

Volume 493: debated on Monday 8 June 2009

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the cultural sector towards economic recovery. (278197)

The cultural sector is already addressing the economic and social impacts of the recession and continues to contribute to recovery. The creative industries represent 6.4 per cent. of GVA and over the past decade have been growing faster than the economy as a whole. This comes at the end of a decade of record Government investment in culture.

Last month we published “Lifting People, Lifting Places”, outlining how Government can offer further support, by developing employment opportunities in culture and the creative industries, measures to transform town centres and other approaches to building the new economy with culture and creativity at its heart.