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Mass Media: Coventry

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the level of media literacy in Coventry; and how much funding his Department has allocated to Coventry for that purpose since 2005. (316906)

My Department does not directly allocate funding to specific regions for the purpose of increasing the level of media literacy. However, the Government and Ofcom have worked with media industry bodies, educational organisations and third sector groups on a range of initiatives to improve media literacy and digital participation across the UK. The Government are also considering a range of educational initiatives to improve the media literacy skills of children and parents in England and Wales.

Since 2005 my Department has provided grant in aid of £559,000 a year to support Ofcom’s media literacy work programme. As part of the 2009-10 programme the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education was given support for its Adult Learners’ Week. This project included events in Coventry such as internet for beginners’ sessions organised by Coventry Central Library and ancestry sessions at Coventry’s Canley Community Library.