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)

17 Apr 2021, 2 p.m.
There will be a national one minute silence today at 15:00 to mark the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. https://t.co/78DEr5GqSo - Link
17 Apr 2021, noon
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral takes place today. In the UK, it will be broadcast across national TV, radio and online. You can also watch the funeral wherever you are in the world from the @RoyalFamily’s YouTube channel: https://t.co/oOcgWJR7ug https://t.co/YHAnACmu2v - 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
Mar. 18 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jan. 19 Urgent Questions UK Musicians: EU Visa Arrangements
Apr. 14 Written Statements Events Research Programme: Cancellation Compensation
Mar. 23 Westminster Hall Battle of Barnet: 550th Anniversary
Mar. 11 Adjournment Debate Concussion in Sport
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - Bills and Acts in the Current Session


A bill to make provision about the Commonwealth Games that are to be held principally in Birmingham in 2022; and for connected purposes

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 25th June 2020 and was enacted into law.


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

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 15th March 2021 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about the security of public electronic communications networks and public electronic communications services.


Last Event - Committee Debates: Compilation Pdf Of All Sittings (Commons)
Monday 1st February 2021
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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
5 Mar 2021
In Force
1 May 2021
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Communications (Television Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend the Communications (Television Licensing) Regulations 2004 (“the 2004 Regulations”) (S.I. 2004/692) to make provision for the form of TV licence known as a “simple payment plan licence (not black and white only)” (a “simple payment licence”) to be available from 1st May 2021 to eligible television licence fee payers who are resident in the Isle of Man.
Laid
25 Feb 2021
In Force
Not stated
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Audiovisual Media Services (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers in section 8 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies (in particular, deficiencies falling within subsection (2)(a), (c), (d) and (g) of section 8) arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
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Petitions addressed by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
285,812
c. 2,211 added daily
430,351
(Estimated)

Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 14 Jan 2021
22 Jun 2021
closes in 2 months

We would like the UK Govt to negotiate a free cultural work permit that gives us visa free travel throughout the 27 EU states for music touring professionals, bands, musicians, artists, TV and sports celebrities that tour the EU to perform shows and events & Carnet exception for touring equipment.

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, 10 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.

229,827
c. 2,257 added daily
440,538
(Estimated)

Open gyms first as we come out of lockdown & fund a Work Out to Help Out scheme

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 16 Mar 2021 Debated on - 22 Mar 2021
20 Jul 2021
closes in 3 months

We want the government to recognise the importance of gyms, health clubs, leisure centres and swimming pools in empowering people to look after their health and stay fit and for them to open first as we come out of lockdown.

We're also calling for government to fund a Work Out to Help Out scheme.

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Departmental Select Committee

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Commons 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.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Kevin Brennan Portrait
Kevin Brennan (Labour - Cardiff West)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Steve Brine Portrait
Steve Brine (Conservative - Winchester)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Clive Efford Portrait
Clive Efford (Labour - Eltham)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Julie Elliott Portrait
Julie Elliott (Labour - Sunderland Central)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Damian Green Portrait
Damian Green (Conservative - Ashford)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Damian Hinds Portrait
Damian Hinds (Conservative - East Hampshire)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Julian Knight Portrait
Julian Knight (Conservative - Solihull)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Member since 29 Jan 2020
John Nicolson Portrait
John Nicolson (Scottish National Party - Ochil and South Perthshire)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Giles Watling Portrait
Giles Watling (Conservative - Clacton)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Alex Davies-Jones Portrait
Alex Davies-Jones (Labour - Pontypridd)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Member since 11 May 2020
Heather Wheeler Portrait
Heather Wheeler (Conservative - South Derbyshire)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Member since 9 Nov 2020
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Upcoming Events
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 10.00am: Oral evidence</i><br/>Dr Darren Henley OBE - Chief Executive at Arts Council England<br/>Sir Nicholas Serota CH - Chair at Arts Council England<br/>
20 Apr 2021, 9:30 a.m.
Arts Council England and the Culture Recovery Fund
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Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee - Private Meeting
22 Apr 2021, 2:15 p.m.
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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
16 Apr 2021, midnight Social Media: Disinformation Barry Sheerman (Labour (Co-op) - Huddersfield)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to reduce misinformation on social media.

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

The Government takes the issue of disinformation very seriously and DCMS is leading work across Government to tackle it. In response to the harmful disinformation and misinformation relating to Covid-19 we stood up the Cross-Whitehall Counter Disinformation Unit on 5 March 2020, which brings together cross-Government monitoring and analysis capabilities.

We are working with social media platforms to support the introduction of systems and processes that promote authoritative sources of information, and to help them identify and take action to remove misinformation, in line with their terms and conditions.

We have seen positive steps taken by social media platforms to curtail the spread of harmful and misleading narratives related to Covid-19 and promote the Government and NHS messaging on the matter. However, there is clearly more to do, and we will continue to put pressure on platforms to ensure that their policies and enforcement are fit for purpose, whilst still respecting freedom of expression.

The Online Safety Bill will bring in a new legal duty of care on how online companies will work in practice, giving them new responsibilities towards their users. The Bill will tackle dangerous disinformation and misinformation, such as misleading content about coronavirus vaccines, and will help bridge the gap between what companies say they do to address harmful content, and what happens in practice.

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