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Copyright: Internet

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the effect on the levels of employment in the creative industries of unlawful file sharing; and what assessment he has made of its likely effect in the next three years. (296350)

The UK creative industries represent a large and complex part of the economy. The most recent estimates are that it accounts for 6.4 per cent. of GVA. However the sector is made up of over 13 different industries including music, film, and business software, but also sectors such as architecture that are not impacted by file-sharing.

Of those sectors where file-sharing is an issue, there are a range of factors which influence the level of employment and it has not been possible to arrive at any authoritative estimate of the impact that file-sharing has on employment to date or over the next three years.