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)

26 Oct 2020, 5:15 p.m.
Does your business or organisation receive personal data from EU partners? Follow the guidance on https://t.co/I53qmJON1l and from @ICOnews now to be ready for 1 January https://t.co/1htmCHPaSC https://t.co/I9W3ermCZN #CheckChangeGo https://t.co/wVspEUmogy - Link
26 Oct 2020, 12:53 p.m.
Earlier this month @OliverDowden visited @REEL_Cinemas Borehamwood with @BFI Chair Josh Berger to see how the #CultureRecoveryFund will support them to continue to be #HereForCulture There’s still time to apply via @BFI: https://t.co/neHIdqfrBK https://t.co/TFN98cFBVu - 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
Sep. 24 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 07 Urgent Questions Arts, Culture and Heritage: Support Package
Oct. 20 Westminster Hall Historical Discrimination in Boxing
Oct. 19 Adjournment Debate Vaccine Misinformation Online
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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 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Audiovisual Media Services (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
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)(c) and (d) of section 8) arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Laid
14 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations make amendments to the Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/419) (“the 2019 Regulations”). The 2019 Regulations made amendments to legislation in relation to the regulation of the processing of personal data, in particular in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (“UK”) from the European Union (“EU”).
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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, 4 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.

179,138
c. 1,078 added daily
232,066
(Estimated)

Offer more support to the arts (particularly Theatres and Music) amidst COVID-19

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 20 Jul 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
15 Dec 2020
closes in 1 month, 2 weeks

As we pass the COVID-19 Peak, the Government should: State where the Theatres and Arts fit in the Coronavrius recovery Roadmap, Create a tailor made financial support mechanism for the Arts sector & Clarify how Social Distancing will affect arts spaces like Theatres and Concert Venues.

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, 4 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.

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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
26 Oct 2020, 9:39 a.m. Jon Trickett MP (Labour - Hemsworth) Jon Trickett MP (Labour - Hemsworth)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of financial support available to freelance musicians during the covid-19 outbreak.

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

We recognise the crucial role that freelance individuals play in making our arts and creative industries world-leading.

We recognise the crucial role that individuals play in making our arts and creative industries world-leading. As a result of these grants and loans, organisations will be more able to resume cultural activity, albeit in a socially distanced way, which will increase employment opportunities for freelancers. Each organisation that receives money will know what best they can do to support their workforce, including their freelance workforce.

And the culture recovery fund will benefit freelancers, because it will invest in organisations and help them to reopen, and restart performances. It will help many put on cultural activity within this Financial Year which wouldn’t have been possible without this funding.

The government has taken active steps to support the self-employed. Over three quarters of eligible people in the cultural sectors have benefitted from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

The Arts Council England has made £119 million available to individuals, with £23.1 million already distributed and £95.9 million currently available to apply for via open funds. This includes:

  • £17.1 million distributed through the Emergency Response Fund for individuals;

  • £6 million distributed by a series of Benevolent Funds focused on the self employed.

  • £18 million available through their Developing Your Creative Practice fund;

  • £77.9 million available through National Lottery Project Grants (available to both individuals and organisations).

And the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund will benefit freelancers, because it will invest in organisations and help them to reopen, and restart performances. It will help many put on cultural activity within this Financial Year which wouldn’t have been possible without this funding.

The 1,385 successful arts recipients that were announced on Monday 12 October set out in their applications that this support would enable them to deliver over £150million of cultural activity before the end of March 2021. As organisations prepare for this activity, they will likely increase their employment of cultural freelancers.

We continue to engage with the sector to discuss the on-going challenges facing the industry.

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