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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Ministers of State
Nigel Adams MP
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Matt Warman MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Helen Whately MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
(Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
(Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Shadow Ministers
Kevin Brennan MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Arts and Heritage)
Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)
Vicky Foxcroft MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

29 Jan 2020, 10:52 a.m.
Minister for Civil Society @dianabarran opened the @SocialValueUK conference this morning talking about how #OurCivilSociety represents the best of us and outlining the role of social value as one of her top priorities https://t.co/30QCqgZFCB - Link
28 Jan 2020, 3:31 p.m.
Read Baroness @NickyMorgan01’s oral statement on telecoms security to the @UKHouseofLords. This is in response to the Government’s review of the supply chain for the UK’s telecoms and broadband networks. Read in full: https://t.co/PM88uWRmZ8 https://t.co/qEoSipGS02 - 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
Jan. 16 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jan. 16 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jan. 27 Urgent Questions 5G Network and Huawei
Jan. 28 Written Statements UK Telecommunications
Jan. 21 Westminster Hall Economy and Society: Contribution of Music
Jan. 08 Adjournment Debate SPAC Nation
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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 Programme motion: House of Commons 22 January, 2020 28 Jan 2020, 9:40 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 7 months, 1 week 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 7 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, 7 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 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
24 Jan 2020, 5:28 p.m. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Climate Change Darren Jones

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of climate change on the work of her Department; and what steps she is taking in response to that effect.

Answer (Nigel Adams)

DCMS is committed to helping tackle climate change. The UK is a world leader in cutting emissions while growing the economy. Our world-leading net zero target will require transformation across the economy. HMG will set out further plans to deliver net zero throughout 2020 ahead of COP26, including plans on energy and heat in buildings. HMG is leading from the front, reducing emissions from the government estate and delivering on the Greening Government Commitments.

DCMS works closely with the Electronic Communications Resilience and Response Group (the industry run group which represents all the major Telecoms operators and leads on resilience activity and best practice); this group has produced reports on climate change adaptation and we have worked closely with them and with Defra colleagues to develop a template which will enable a sector wide response to the third adaptation reporting round which closes at the end of 2021.

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