HL Deb 10 June 2004 vol 662 c44WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure defines culture. [HL2946]

Baroness Amos

There is no standard definition of culture and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure does not operate under any specific definition.

In establishing its vision for culture and the arts DCAL undertook a wide-ranging consultation exercise in 2000 with many stakeholders which resulted in the publication of Face to FaceA Vision for Arts and Culture. A key conclusion of this exercise was that culture keeps evolving and the department has sought to recognise that in its responses.