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Written Question
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Working Hours
21 Jan 2022

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what records her Department keeps relating to staff working times under Regulation 9 of the Working Time Regulations 1998; and how long those records are kept for.

Answered by Julia Lopez

Staff at DCMS work a standard 36 or 37 hour week and paid overtime is allowed on an exceptional basis in priority areas. No members of staff have opted off of the Working Time Directive, and we do not have any workers in the categories set out in Regulation 9 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 at this time.

Staff are encouraged to discuss their working hours with their Line Manager and, where they may be working beyond their standard hours, to record their hours of work with managers keeping oversight. A flexi time sheet template is available for individuals to use to record their hours; records are not held centrally and staff are free to retain them for as long as useful.


Written Question
Historic Royal Palaces: Pensions
15 Jun 2020

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) the Historic Royal Palaces and (b) their staff and trades union representatives on their decision to cut employer pension contributions to 6.5 per cent.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston

The Secretary of State has had no specific discussions with Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) or their staff and trades union representatives on cuts to employer pension contributions. HRP has responsibility for the recruitment, remuneration, development, retention and motivation of its own staff.


Written Question
Historic Royal Palace: Coronavirus
15 Jun 2020

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives from trade unions on proposals for reopening (a) Hampton Court Palace, (b) Hillsborough Castle and (c) other Historic Royal Palaces sites on 16 June 2020 following the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will publish the risk assessments undertaken at those sites.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston

DCMS officials have had no such discussions with representatives of trade unions on Historic Royal Palaces' (HRP) proposals for the reopening of the specific sites in their care, nor are DCMS officials in possession of the risk assessments referred to. Trade Union representatives have, however, been attending the Heritage Working Group which has discussed guidance for safe reopening within the heritage sector. Whether HRP can safely reopen is a matter for HRP to consider in-line with government and Public Health England guidelines.


Written Question
Historic Royal Palaces: Pensions
15 Jun 2020

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with representatives from Historic Royal Palaces on reinstating employer pension contributions at the level they were prior to the covid-19 outbreak; and if his Department will take steps to compensate workers affected by reductions in employer pension contributions introduced by that organisation in June 2020.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston

The Secretary of State has had no such discussions with HRP on reinstating pension contributions in respect of HRP’s staff, which is a matter for HRP to consider in consultation with their staff, as appropriate, in-line with the affordability of any such measures and their obligations as employers.


Written Question
Sports: Erasmus+ Programme
11 Apr 2019

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for DCMS what guidance his Department has issued to sports organisations in the event that they successfully apply for Erasmus funding and are expected to participate in Erasmus projects but do not receive the funding allocated as a result of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answered by Mims Davies

The HMG guarantee will cover the payment of awards to UK applicants for all successful Erasmus+ bids submitted before the end of 2020 (including those from sports organisations). Successful bids are those that are approved directly by the Commission or by the UK National Agency and ratified by the Commission. We have recently published updated guidance on GOV.UK that helps beneficiaries take the first steps towards making an application for the guarantee.


Written Question
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Universal Credit
30 Oct 2018

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of staff employed by his Department who are in receipt of universal credit; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Margot James

We do not record or collate information on staff in receipt of Universal Credit.


Written Question
Carillion: Insolvency
20 Mar 2018

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the liquidation of Carillion on their facilities management contract at the British Museum; whether that contract included clauses to deal with potential liquidation; whether there are plans to bring that work back in-house; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Michael Ellis

Our assessment is that the liquidation of Carillion will require British Museum to replace their former facilities management (FM) contract with a revised strategy which continues to maintain uninterrupted and resilient operations. We have not seen, and would not expect to see, the terms of the museum's contract with Carillion, but it is likely that such clauses exist. At present services continue to be run by the Official Receiver post liquidation. The museum is currently exploring short-term outsourced solutions to transition itself away from Official Receiver reliance, and is separately planning its long-term response to ensure that it has a robust and resilience FM service.


Written Question
British Museum: Pay
17 Jan 2018

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the approval of the British Museum’s 2017 pay remit for staff had been delayed and what assessment he has been made of the effect of that delay on staff morale.

Answered by Michael Ellis

The British Museum 2017 pay remit is subject to the usual discussions the government has with its Arm's Length Bodies regarding pay and I hope they can be concluded soon. Negotiations about terms and conditions are always unsettling for staff; the aim of government and the British Museum is to reach agreement as quickly as possible to minimise this uncertainty.


Written Question
Government Departments: Telephone Services
4 Dec 2017

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with (a) Ofcom and (b) the Phone-paid Services Authority on call connection service access to helplines provided by (i) her Department and (ii) other UK Government Departments.

Answered by Matt Hancock

We hold regular discussions with Ofcom and the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA) in relation to the regulation of premium rate services.

Where the PSA has reason to believe that providers of such services may be in breach of their Code of Practice, they may investigate and in serious cases will refer them to its Code Adjudication Tribunal, which has the power to impose sanctions and orders, including fines, refunds to consumers and suspending the service in question.


Written Question
Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Equality
28 Feb 2017

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many equality impact assessments have been carried out in the last three years on public service reforms which impact on (a) departmental staff and (b) members of the public; and if she will make a statement.

Answered by Matt Hancock

DCMS is committed to offering all applicants equality of opportunity to ensure that we attract and retain candidates with the most talent and potential. To this end, the DCMS recruitment process does not require applicants to declare unspent criminal convictions at the initial recruitment stage. Applicants are asked to declare unspent criminal convictions as part of basic employment checks when a provisional offer of employment has been made. Decisions concerning appointment to a post where an individual has a conviction history are made on a case-by-case basis.

The department does not retain details centrally that would allow us to identify employees with unspent convictions so the information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.


Written Question
Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Pressure Groups
21 Oct 2015

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings his Department has had with representatives of the (a) Taxpayers' Alliance, (b) Confederation of British Industry, (c) Institute of Economic Affairs, (d) Adam Smith Institute, (e) Freedom Association, (f) Politics and Economics Research Trust and (g) Midlands Industrial Council in the last 12 calendar months.

Answered by Lord Vaizey of Didcot

Details of Ministers' andPermanentSecretaries meetings with external organisations are published up to 31March 2015 and can be accessed on Gov.uk at:https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-transparency-publications

Further publications of Ministerial and Permanent Secretaries meetings will be published in due course.


Written Question
Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Trade Unions
1 Oct 2015

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings his Department has had with trades unions in the last 12 months.

Answered by Lord Vaizey of Didcot

This response covers the period 1 August 2014 – 14 July 2015. A list of the meeting dates are provided below:

· 28 August 2014

· 4 September 2014

· 11 September 2014

· 2 October 2014

· 27 October 2014

· 27 November 2014

· 11 December 2014

· 7 January 2015

· 22 January 2015

· 19 February 2015

· 19 March 2015

· 16 April 2015

· 13 May 2015

· 11 June 2015

· 1 July 2015

· 7 July 2015

· 9 July 2015