The Live Music Forum


Wednesday 16th November 2005 - Lords Question re Government Gigs Claim

In an attempt to discover why, how and when DCMS covertly altered former licensing minister Richard Caborn's original statement concerning the 1.7 million live gig claim, a written question has been put down in the Lords (an amendment will ensure that it is clear that the date of the press release was 25 August 2004). The government has to reply within two weeks:

The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they held with (a) Market and Opinion Research International, and (b) the Live Music Forum prior to the addition of an extra point under “Notes to Editors” and the change to the quotation by the Minister of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport contained in the press release issued by the Department on 25th August, entitled Live Music Scene—The Verdict; who sanctioned those changes; and when they were made. (HL2339)

Hamish Birchall