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)
Baroness Barran - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

18 Sep 2020, 10:28 a.m.
#HereForCulture with @BirminghamCG22 and @SpiritOf2012 - find out more about this funding to support region-wide arts and cultural projects ⬇️ https://t.co/42nmLjM9LY - Link
18 Sep 2020, 10:22 a.m.
BLOG: UK Startup @capslockuk’s founder @J_Slater_ explains how their innovative funding model is re-skilling 200 adults in cyber security. Interested? Find out more and apply: https://t.co/2KUBNx8jM0 - 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
Jul. 09 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 07 Urgent Questions Arts, Culture and Heritage: Support Package
Mar. 17 Westminster Hall Football Attendances: VAR
Sep. 16 Adjournment Debate Misogyny in Sport
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill 2019-21 Report stage (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 29 June, 2020 27 Jul 2020, 4:48 p.m.
A Bill to amend the electronic communications code set out in Schedule 3A to the Communications Act 2003; and for connected purposes.

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
15 Sep 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Return of Cultural Objects (Revocation) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers in section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies (in particular under section 8(2)(g)) arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Laid
11 Sep 2020
In Force
2 Oct 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Football Spectators (Seating) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
The Order directs the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to include, in any licence granted to admit spectators to the Brentford Community Stadium, a condition imposing the requirements specified in Schedule 1: only seated accommodation is to be provided for spectators at designated football matches, and spectators may only be admitted to watch such a match from seated accommodation.
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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, 3 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.

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 1 year, 3 months 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.

154,814
Petition Closed

Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19

Gov Responded - 27 Mar 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
12 Sep 2020
closed 6 days, 10 hours ago

For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.

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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
17 Sep 2020, 5:58 p.m. Youth Investment Fund Mark Eastwood

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for the launch of the Youth Investment Fund.

Answer (Mr John Whittingdale)

DCMS officials are working at pace on plans for the Youth Investment Fund, and continue to assess how COVID-19 is impacting on young people and youth services. We continue to engage with the youth sector as plans develop, and will publish further details in due course.

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