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)

15 Jan 2021, 12:12 p.m.
#HereForCulture https://t.co/RiQA5cijFx - Link
15 Jan 2021, 11:40 a.m.
Our latest #5GCreate fund: • £28 million for nine cutting-edge trials • From #5G ports to virtual reality yacht racing • From London to Leeds, Suffolk to Scotland Read more: https://t.co/KRMWVrN6ns https://t.co/XZS7J2VlT9 - 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
Dec. 10 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 07 Urgent Questions Arts, Culture and Heritage: Support Package
Nov. 30 Written Statements Telecoms: 5G Diversification Strategy
Jan. 13 Westminster Hall Online Anonymity
Jan. 11 Adjournment Debate Supporting the UK’s Social Fabric
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - Bills and Acts in the Current Session


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


Last Event - Report stage : House of Lords
Monday 29th June 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 3rd reading: House of Lords
Date TBA

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
9 Dec 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Return of Cultural Objects (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8C(1)(a) of, and paragraph 21 of Schedule 7 to, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c.16). The Regulations make amendments to legislation in the field of the return of cultural goods necessary to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol as part of the EU Withdrawal Agreement.
Laid
8 Dec 2020
In Force
1 Oct 2021
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport National Lottery (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations raise the minimum age at which a National Lottery ticket may be sold by or to a person from 16 to 18. Restrictions on sales of National Lottery tickets by vending machines are also amended to reflect this increased minimum age.
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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, 6 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.

200,263
c. 1,739 added daily
325,991
(Estimated)

Allow football fans to attend matches at all levels

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 21 Oct 2020 Debated on - 9 Nov 2020
29 Mar 2021
closes in 2 months, 1 week

Football is a powerful tool of which allows a range of benefits such as employment, and other important aspects of life. Football can be associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication across the community. With Fans attending football games a range of economic benefits are there too.

179,699
Petition Closed

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

Gov Responded - 20 Jul 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
15 Dec 2020
closed 1 month ago

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.

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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
15 Jan 2021, 4:39 p.m. Chi Onwurah (Labour - Newcastle upon Tyne Central) Chi Onwurah (Labour - Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

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 potential merits of applying BBFC ratings to user-generated video content on YouTube, Facebook and similar sites and linking those ratings to parental filters.

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

It is vital that children are protected from accessing age-inappropriate, harmful content online. We have now published the Full Government Response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation, which sets out how the proposed legal duty of care on online companies will work in practice and gives them new responsibilities towards their users. The strongest protections in our online harms proposals are for children. All companies in scope will be required to assess whether children are likely to access their services, and if so, provide additional protections for children using them. Companies will need to take steps to protect children from harmful content and activity on their service. We will set out in secondary legislation the priority harms that this regulation will tackle, in consultation with Ofcom. Ofcom will then set out in Codes of Practice the steps companies can take to protect children from harm on their services.

Ahead of Online Harms legislation, Regulations transposing the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive came into force on 1 November 2020 which require UK-established video sharing platforms to take appropriate measures to protect minors from harmful content and all users from illegal content. The Regulations require that the most harmful content is subject to the strongest protections, such as age assurance or more technical measures. Ofcom, as the regulatory authority, may take robust enforcement action against video sharing platforms which do not adopt measures to adequately protect their users.

Over the past year we have been working with the BBFC and industry to drive the voluntary adoption of the BBFC’s age rating symbols to Video On Demand platforms. Doing so will provide consumers with well recognised age ratings and consumer advice.

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