Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) helps to drive growth, enrich lives and promote Britain abroad. We protect and promote our cultural and artistic heritage and help businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation and highlighting Britain as a fantastic place to visit. We help to give the UK a unique advantage on the global stage, striving for economic success.


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Secretary of State

Oliver Dowden
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Ministers of State
Caroline Dinenage - Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
John Whittingdale - Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Nigel Huddleston - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Matt Warman - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Baroness Barran - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

28 Jan 2021, 3:24 p.m.
The advertising industry contributed a huge £17bn to our economy in 2019. Culture Secretary @OliverDowden spoke at @Ad_Association’s #RESET2021 this morning about the vital sector. 📹 Watch: https://t.co/kGPwDKBdsG ✍️ Full speech: https://t.co/7fCbyPAsfR https://t.co/CSfQbmjK5U - Link
28 Jan 2021, 3:04 p.m.
When was the last time you backed up your phone? Back up devices regularly to cloud storage or hard drive to prevent losing personal data, like photos and messages. https://t.co/3v6545T5LC #DataPrivacyDay https://t.co/CZtgw2bLZ9 - Link
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Dec. 10 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jan. 19 Urgent Questions UK Musicians: EU Visa Arrangements
Jan. 27 Written Statements Electronic Communications Code Consultation
Jan. 13 Westminster Hall Online Anonymity
Jan. 27 Adjournment Debate Golf Tourism
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - Bills and Acts in the Current Session


A Bill to amend the electronic communications code set out in Schedule 3A to the Communications Act 2003; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - Report stage : House of Lords
Monday 29th June 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 3rd reading: House of Lords
Thursday 28th January 2021

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - Draft Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title
Published
2 Jul 2020, 1:32 p.m.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport The Legislative Reform (Renewal of Radio Licences) Order 2020
This Order is made under section 1 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (c. 51) and concerns radio licences granted under the Broadcasting Act 1990 (c. 42). References to the section numbers in the following paragraphs are to sections of the 1990 Act.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
27 Jan 2021
In Force
Not stated
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Framework for the Free Flow of Non-Personal Data (Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) (“EUWA 2018”) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies (in particular under section 8(2)(d)) arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Laid
19 Jan 2021
In Force
31 Mar 2021
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Charities (Exception from Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend the Charities (Exception from Registration) Regulations 1996. They extend the temporary exception granted to certain religious charities from the requirement to be registered under the Charities Act 2011. The 1996 Regulations were made under the Charities Act 1993, which is consolidated in the Charities Act 2011. The exception was originally due to expire on 1st March 2001 but was extended by successive statutory instruments until 31st March 2021. These Regulations further extend the temporary exception until 31st March 2031.
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Petitions addressed by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
246,736
Petition Closed

Abolish the BBC television license.

Gov Responded - 26 Jun 2019 Debated on - 15 Jul 2019
20 Jun 2019
closed 1 year, 7 months ago

The quality of BBC programmes do not reflect the price of the TV license. It is far too expensive for the majority of people and should be abolished.

200,292
c. 1,564 added daily
293,156
(Estimated)

Allow football fans to attend matches at all levels

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 21 Oct 2020 Debated on - 9 Nov 2020
29 Mar 2021
closes in 1 month, 4 weeks

Football is a powerful tool of which allows a range of benefits such as employment, and other important aspects of life. Football can be associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication across the community. With Fans attending football games a range of economic benefits are there too.

179,699
Petition Closed

Offer more support to the arts (particularly Theatres and Music) amidst COVID-19

Gov Responded - 20 Jul 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
15 Dec 2020
closed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

As we pass the COVID-19 Peak, the Government should: State where the Theatres and Arts fit in the Coronavrius recovery Roadmap, Create a tailor made financial support mechanism for the Arts sector & Clarify how Social Distancing will affect arts spaces like Theatres and Concert Venues.

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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
27 Jan 2021, 5:36 p.m. Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford) Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to reports of a further delay to the release of the latest James Bond film, whether he plans further measures to support the cinema industry during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Caroline Dinenage - Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

The government recognises the significant cultural and economic value of cinemas, and has supported them through both sector-specific and economy-wide measures.

More than 200 independent cinemas have so far received funding of £16 million in the first round of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, This funding is being administered by the BFI on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, as part of the biggest ever single investment in this country’s cultural sectors. Grants have been awarded to cinema sites in every corner of the country, with cinemas outside London benefitting from 78% of funding to date. Further to this, we announced in December that cinemas will be able to apply for a share of an additional £14 million in grants as part of the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. This second round launched on 11 January, and will provide support for cinemas into the next financial year. Cinemas have also been eligible to apply to the second round of Arts Council England’s Repayable Finance scheme, with a total of £100 m available.

Recognising that cinemas need content, during this crisis the Government’s Film and TV Production Restart Scheme has helped keep the cameras rolling at the other end of the screen supply chain. The £500 million scheme, which opened for applications in October 2020, has assured over 100 productions that they will be supported if future losses are incurred due to Covid-19 and provided the confidence they need to restart filming.

In addition, most cinemas have been and are continuing to benefit from economy-wide measures including the VAT cut on tickets and concessions, a business rates holiday, access to Bounce Back Loans, the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Local Restrictions Support Grants.

Together these measures are providing a comprehensive package of support to the cinema industry to support it through the pandemic.

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