HC Deb 22 May 2003 vol 405 c897W
Nick Harvey

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her Answer, of 7 May 2003,Official Report, columns 729–30W, on film certificates, what the estimated tax cost of relief provided under section 48 of the Finance (No.2) Act 1997 was in each year since 1997 for (a) theatrical films,

Annual expenditure on certified British films
Categories 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
(a) Total value of Schedule 1 & co-production films (with some theatrical potential Certified 179 254 449 407 820 973
(b) Total value of domestic & co-production small screen productions Certified n/k n/k n/k n/a 816 1,018
Aggregate of everything certified
Total value of Co-Production films with some theatrical potential Certified n/k n/k n/k n/k 1,628 1,991
Co-productions Certified
Total value of co-production films with some theatrical potential certified 43 60 79 91 245 408
Total value of small screen Co-productions certified n/k n/k n/k n/k 92 130
(f) Total value of all co-productions certified n/k n/k n/k n/k 337 538


1. "Certified films" include films certified as British under Schedule 1 of the 1985 Films Act and official UK co-productions which received final approval.

2. Value figures are in £ million.

3. Years are calendar years.

4. For some films certified before 28 August 2000, a production cost figure is unavailable. However this is not believed to cause significant distortion overall.

n/k = not known.

The new definition of a British film came into force on 27/8/1999, since when some TV production costs are also known.

Only from 28 August 2000 are production costs known for all certified TV & film productions.

Updated 19 May 2003.