Department for Culture, Media and Sport


Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
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Department overview
Formed 1997
Preceding Department Department for National Heritage
Jurisdiction England (culture, sport)
UK (media)
Headquarters 2-4 Cockspur Street,
London SW1Y 5DH,
England
Employees 500 (approx)
Annual budget £2bn (approx)
Minister responsible Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
Department executive Jonathan Stephens, Permanent Secretary
Child Department Royal Parks Agency
Website
http://www.culture.gov.uk/

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is a department of the United Kingdom government, with responsibility for culture and sport in England, and some aspects of the media throughout the whole UK, such as broadcasting and internet.

It also has responsibility for the tourism, leisure and creative industries (some joint with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills). The department is also responsible for the delivery of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and the building of a Digital Economy.

Contents

Headquarters

DCMS headquarters in Cockspur Street

The main offices are at 2-4 Cockspur Street, London, SW1Y 5DH (just off Trafalgar Square).

Ministers

The DCMS Ministers are as follows:[1]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP Secretary of State Overall responsibility for the work of DCMS, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, digital economy
John Penrose MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Tourism, heritage, gambling, licensing
Hugh Robertson MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Sport
The Hon Ed Vaizey MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Arts, media, museums and galleries, telecoms and broadband, digital switchover, creative industries, libraries
Key Conservative
Liberal Democrat

Rob Wilson MP is Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State.

The Government Spokespersons for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (Baronesses-in-Waiting) in the House of Lords are:[2]

The Permanent Secretary is Jonathan Stephens.

History and responsibilities

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The DCMS originates from the Department of National Heritage (DNH), which itself was created on 11 April 1992 out of various other departments, soon after the Conservative election victory. The former Ministers for the Arts and for Sport had previously been located in other departments.

The DNH was renamed as the "Department for Culture, Media and Sport" on 14 July 1997, under the Premiership of Tony Blair.

2012 Olympics

DCMS was the co-ordinating department for the successful bid by London to host the 2012 Olympics and appointed and oversees the agencies delivering the Games' infrastructure and programme, principally the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and LOCOG.

The June 2007 Cabinet reshuffle led to Tessa Jowell MP taking on the role of Paymaster General and then Minister for the Cabinet Office while remaining Minister for the Olympics. Ministerial responsibility for the Olympics was shared with Ms Jowell in the Cabinet Office, but the staff of the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) remained based in DCMS.

2010-present

Following the 2010 General Election, ministerial responsibility for the Olympics returned to the Secretary of State. Although Jeremy Hunt's full title is now Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, the Department's name remains unchanged and it is still referred to by the initials DCMS and not as DCOMS.

Strategic priorities

Its five strategic priorities are:

  • children and young people
  • communities
  • delivery
  • economy
  • the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and its legacy. via the Government Olympic Executive

Policy areas

It is responsible for government policy in the following areas:

Other responsibilities

Other responsibilities of DCMS include listing of historic buildings, scheduling of ancient monuments, export licensing of cultural goods, and management of the Government Art Collection (GAC).

The Secretary of State has responsibility for the maintenance of the land and buildings making up the historic Royal Estate under the Crown Lands Act 1851. These inherited functions, which were once centralised in the Office of Works, are now delivered as follows:

DCMS also provides funding to the Royal Household for Royal Communications and Information and the maintenance of Marlborough House. However, responsibility for the Civil List element of Head of State expenditure and income from the separate Crown Estate remains with the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Department also has responsibility for state ceremonial occasions and royal funerals.

DCMS works jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on design issues, including sponsorship of the Design Council, and on relations with the computer games and publishing industries.

DCMS organises the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph and has responsibility for providing humanitarian assistance in the event of a disaster. In the Government's response to the 7 July 2005 London bombings the department coordinated humanitarian support to the relatives of victims and arranged the memorial events.

Bodies sponsored by DCMS

The DCMS has policy responsibility for three statutory corporations and two public broadcasting authorities. These bodies and their operation are largely independent of Government policy influence.

Statutory corporations

The statutory corporations are:

The Department was responsible for the Horserace Totalisator Board (The Tote) until the sale of the Tote's business to Betfred in July 2011

Public broadcasting authorities

The public broadcasting authorities are:

In addition, responsibility for the Office of Communications (Ofcom) is shared with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Non-departmental public bodies

The DCMS sponsors the following non-departmental public bodies:

DCMS also has responsibility for two other bodies classified by the Office for National Statistics[3] as being within the central government sector:

DCMS is also the major financial sponsor of the following bodies, which are not classed as part of the UK central government

Sponsorship of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) transferred to the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills in June 2007. The Museum of London transferred to the Greater London Authority from 1 April 2008.

DCMS formerly sponsored eight Regional Cultural Consortiums with NDPB status. In July 2008, DCMS announced that the consortiums would be phased out over a twelve month period and replaced by a new alliance of the regional teams of Arts Council England, Sport England, English Heritage and the MLA.

Devolution

Culture, sport and tourism are devolved matters, with responsibility resting with corresponding departments in the Scottish Government in Scotland, the Welsh Assembly Government in Wales and the Northern Ireland Executive in Northern Ireland.

Media-related policy is generally reserved to Westminster i.e. not devolved. These areas include:

Scotland

Reserved matters:[4]

Northern Ireland

Reserved matters:[5]

The British Board of Film Classification also classifies films for viewing in Northern Ireland.

The department's main counterparts in Northern Ireland are as follows:[6]

Wales

Under the Welsh devolution settlement, specific policy areas are transferred to the National Assembly for Wales rather than reserved to Westminster.

See also

References

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