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

Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Ministers of State
Caroline Dinenage MP
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Nigel Huddleston MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Matt Warman MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Daisy Cooper (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
John Nicolson (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Tracy Brabin (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Shadow Ministers
Kevin Brennan (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Arts and Heritage)
Liam Byrne (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)
Vicky Foxcroft (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

2 Apr 2020, 1:16 p.m.
Important news yesterday from @HeritageFundUK as we work together to protect the UK's heritage, with grants available from £3,000 to £50,000 pounds https://t.co/2h5Ncqz5Pc https://t.co/CLXwSShbcL - Link
2 Apr 2020, 12:28 p.m.
Some powerful lunchtime theatre for you as @AlmeidaTheatre share some of their top picks from previous productions #StayHomeSaveLives 👇 https://t.co/k0yMxTwMXV - 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
Feb. 13 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Feb. 13 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Feb. 13 Urgent Questions Online Harms Legislation
Mar. 24 Written Statements Media Matters
Mar. 17 Westminster Hall Football Attendances: VAR
Mar. 19 Adjournment Debate Gambling Advertising in Sport
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill 2019-20 Committee Debate: 1st sitting: House of Commons 11 February, 2020 (1) (2) 12 Feb 2020, 12:45 p.m.
A Bill to amend the electronic communications code set out in Schedule 3A to the Communications Act 2003; and for connected purposes.
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill 2019-21 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 11 March, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

22 Apr 2020

26 Mar 2020, 3:21 p.m.
A Bill to amend the electronic communications code set out in Schedule 3A to the Communications Act 2003; and for connected purposes.
Data Protection Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 23 May, 2018 7 Oct 2019, 2:54 p.m.
A Bill to make provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to individuals; to make provision in connection with the Information Commissioner's functions under certain regulations relating to information; to make provision for a direct marketing code of conduct; and for connected purposes.

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 9 months, 2 weeks 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.

171,982
Petition Closed

Continue to fund free TV licences for the over 75 in the future.

Gov Responded - 24 Jun 2019 Debated on - 15 Jul 2019
17 Jun 2019
closed 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Removing them will only penalize the poorest old age pensioners, many who rely on their television for company and their main source of entertainment.

112,025
Petition Closed

Allow Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing

Gov Responded - 3 May 2018 Debated on - 25 Jun 2018
8 Jun 2018
closed 1 year, 9 months ago

Safe Standing offers a much safer alternative to fans who wish to stand, rather than sit at football matches. After the highly successful introduction to rail seating at Celtic Park, as well as numerous Bundesliga clubs, many football fans feel that laws preventing standing areas should be relaxed.

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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.


Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Publications


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
2 Apr 2020, 10:28 a.m. Voluntary Work: Coronavirus Gareth Thomas

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will provide funding to local councils to coordinate community volunteering efforts during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement,.

Answer (Mr John Whittingdale)

DCMS is responsible for the voluntary, charity and social enterprise sector, which includes volunteering.

We recognise and appreciate how much local communities have contributed towards volunteering efforts during the covid-19 outbreak. We advise that all volunteers do not enter the homes of vulnerable people and can provide support by assisting with food shopping, collecting medication and staying in touch via social media. Further information can be found on GOV.UK in the volunteering safely guidance published last week.

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has outlined the support available to local authorities on its website.

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