HC Deb 25 March 2004 vol 419 c960W
13. Kevin Brennan

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the economic contribution of the music industry in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement. [163445]

Ms Hewitt

Music is, and has been for many years, one of the most vibrant sectors of the UK economy. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, who have responsibility for the music industry, estimates that the UK is the third largest market in the world for sales of music and is second only to the USA as a source of repertoire. According to the DCMS sponsored report by the National Music Council on the economic contribution of the UK music business, "Counting the Notes (2002)", the music industry generated a total value added in excess of £3.6 billion in 2000.