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Local Government: Statistics

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2010, Official Report, column 341W, on local government finance, under how many indicators performance data are collected from local authorities in respect of (a) free swimming initiatives and (b) licensing. (319794)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not collect “indicator” data from local authorities on free swimming or licensing and neither source is used for the national indicators set. Local authorities that have signed up to the free swimming initiative are responsible for submitting quarterly basic throughput data on the number of free swims that have taken place in their area each month.

For alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment licensing the main purpose of this collection is to collect basic statistics about the operation of licensing. This provides a national picture and helps licensing authorities benchmark their position.

All data collected are published on the DCMS website, where further details can be found, including all the data we ask local authorities to provide for these two collections.