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)
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
Lord Bassam of Brighton (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Charities)
Lord Stevenson of Balmacara (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (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 Aug 2020, 11:54 a.m.
☀️Unearth hidden gems this summer. You can #EnjoySummerSafely by following the latest guidance and checking that your staycation vacation location is #GoodToGo https://t.co/bAVb7Kymi3 - Link
4 Aug 2020, 10:22 a.m.
As museums and galleries across the country continue to reopen their doors, it’s still as important as ever to check the guidance before heading out to visit so you can #EnjoySummerSafely https://t.co/7dYIfwcIMg - 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
Jul. 09 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 07 Urgent Questions Arts, Culture and Heritage: Support Package
Mar. 17 Westminster Hall Football Attendances: VAR
Jul. 16 Adjournment Debate Historic Churches: Covid-19
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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
23 Jul 2020
In Force
24 Aug 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Safety of Sports Grounds (Designation) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends the Safety of Sports Grounds (Designation) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/661, “the 2015 Order”) so as to designate Plough Lane occupied by A. F. C. Wimbledon, and Holker Street occupied by Barrow Association Football Club, as sports grounds for which a safety certificate is required under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 (c. 52, “the 1975 Act”).
Laid
8 Jul 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Insolvency and Dissolution) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made affirmative procedure
These Regulations amend the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Insolvency and Dissolution) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/3013) to make the necessary modifications and substitutions consequent upon the application to Charitable Incorporated Organisations (“CIOs”) of the provisions regarding moratoriums made by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (2020 c. 12).
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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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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.

154,472
c. 1,047 added daily
194,707
(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 1 month, 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 Aug 2020, 4:16 p.m. Social Security Benefits Chi Onwurah

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2020 to Question 72898, what he was referring to when stating in the Computer Weekly article of 9 July 2020 that, Open banking models have allowed those in financial need to share their income to HM Revenue & Customs - fast-tracking their applications for new welfare entitlements.

Answer (Mr John Whittingdale)

The innovation referred to in the Computer Weekly article of 9 July 2020 is an application in development, identified by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) as part of their global repository of the most innovative uses of data in response to the pandemic. The Covid Credit software seeks to help sole traders acquire the relevant banking information needed to self-certify income and show loss to HMRC, using open banking software protocols to retrieve their financial data.

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