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)
Jo Stevens (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Shadow Ministers
Tracy Brabin (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Christian Matheson (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Alison McGovern (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Chi Onwurah (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Alex Sobel (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Jul 2020, 1:35 p.m.
🏦🖼️🎨 Many museums, galleries, heritage and tourist attractions are beginning to reopen from today. If you're planning a visit, make sure you #StayAlert to #EnjoySummerSafely 👇 https://t.co/jzV1U2qiAx - Link
4 Jul 2020, 1:03 p.m.
Yesterday Government announced £🔟million for small businesses to help kickstart tourism: https://t.co/9OY69l91U9 @HuddlestonNigel: "It is vital that we help the sector bounce back" #EnjoySummerSafely 👇 https://t.co/gkC9MvKH7A - 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
Jun. 04 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 04 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Feb. 13 Urgent Questions Online Harms Legislation
Jul. 02 Written Statements Contingencies Fund Advance
Mar. 17 Westminster Hall Football Attendances: VAR
Jun. 22 Adjournment Debate BBC Regional Politics Coverage
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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 30 Jun 2020, 6:55 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 - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
21 Apr 2020
In Force
13 May 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Safety of Sports Grounds (Designation) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends the Safety of Sports Grounds (Designation) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/661) so as to designate Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford, as a sports ground for which a safety certificate is required under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 (c. 52).
Laid
2 Mar 2020
In Force
6 Apr 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Video Recordings (Labelling) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend requirements in the Video Recordings (Labelling) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/1767) (“the 2012 Regulations”) relating to certain classification symbols that must be shown on video recordings or any spool, case or other thing on or in which the recording is kept and other products containing video works for which a classification certificate has been issued by the video works authority.
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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 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 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.

153,993
c. 1,320 added daily
245,579
(Estimated)

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

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 27 Mar 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
12 Sep 2020
closes in 2 months, 1 week

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
3 Jul 2020, 5:15 p.m. Charities: Equality Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help increase diversity in the charity sector.

Answer (Mr John Whittingdale)

The Government recognises the importance of diversity within the charity sector at all levels, whether that be trustees, chief executives, staff members or volunteers, in order to meet the needs of the communities the sector serves and it is committed to working with our civil society partners to address this. We welcome the work that sector representative bodies are doing to improve diversity within the sector.

Appointing trustees is a matter for individual charities, but is something the Government takes very seriously. The Government has held a number of conversations with civil society partners to improve understanding of the opportunities and challenges around enabling people from different backgrounds to become involved in trusteeship. The Charity Commission has published resources for charities to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to get involved and make a difference. The Charity Commission also assisted in the creation of the Charity Governance Code, which sets out recommended practice for all charities registered in England and Wales. The Charity Governance Code makes clear the importance of diversity and resulting positive outcomes. We are fully committed to continue working with the charity sector to take action on this issue.

In responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, officials and Ministers have met with a wide range of groups, including women-led organisations and BAME-led civil society organisations to discuss how the Government can engage more with a variety of groups in the sector as we come out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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