The Live Music Forum
Hamish Birchall Bulletin
Thursday 18th March 2010 - How not to answer questions
The government has avoided answering the latest questions raised by Lord Colwyn about DCMS live music stats.
This purely fictional conversation between a junior and senior civil servant is inspired by the Q&A (full text below):
Junior: The Lords want to know how many professional musicians are actually
accounted for in our live music report.
[Junior retreats with a conspiratorial wink]
In real life, the civil servants who prepare ministers' answers are, of course, bound by a Code of Conduct which requires honesty, impartiality, objectivity and integrity: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/values/cscode/index.aspx
Lord Colwyn: To ask Her Majesty's Government with regard to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport report Live Music: An Analysis of the Sector, of 28 January, (a) what is the definition of the term professional musician, and (b) how many professional musicians are included in the total of "those employed in live music performance" in 2006 and 2008. [HL2477]
Lord Davies of Oldham: I refer the noble Lord to the Answer that I gave to Lord Clement-Jones on 23 February 2010 (Official Report, col. WA 285).
Lord Colwyn: To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the dates of the research sources for the numbers of professional musicians in 2006 and 2008 cited in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's report Live Music: An Analysis of the Sector under the heading "increases in those performing music-are there more musicians?". [HL2478]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Live Music: An Analysis of the Sector report
used source material taken from the Creative and Cultural Skills Council
(CCSC) studies of the industry. We understand that CCSC are making some
revision to their material. DCMS will incorporate any changes affecting
our analysis in the report in due course.
Link to DCMS live music report webpage, published 28 January 2010, revised
Link to previous DCMS answers to questions by Lord Clement-Jones: