- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport Department overview Formed 1997 Preceding Department Department for National Heritage Jurisdiction England (culture, sport)
Headquarters 2-4 Cockspur Street,
London SW1Y 5DH,
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.
- 1 Headquarters
- 2 Ministers
- 3 History and responsibilities
- 4 Bodies sponsored by DCMS
- 5 Devolution
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The DCMS Ministers are as follows:
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
The Government Spokespersons for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (Baronesses-in-Waiting) in the House of Lords are:
- Baroness Rawlings (Arts, culture and media)
- Baroness Garden of Frognal (Olympics, sport, tourism and the National Lottery).
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.
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.
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.
Its five strategic priorities are:
- children and young people
- the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and its legacy. via the Government Olympic Executive
It is responsible for government policy in the following areas:
- the Arts
- Internet and international ICT policy
- Telecommunications and broadband
- Creative industries
- Historic environment
- Architecture and design
- Cultural property and heritage
- Alcohol and entertainment licensing
- Gambling and racing
- Press freedom and regulation
- Museums and galleries
- National Lottery
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:
- The Royal Parks are maintained by an executive agency within DCMS, the Royal Parks Agency;
- The Unoccupied Royal Palaces in England are managed by a contract with Historic Royal Palaces;
- Maintenance of the Occupied Royal Palaces in England is funded by an annual Grant-in-Aid to the Royal Household
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.
The statutory corporations are:
The public broadcasting authorities are:
Non-departmental public bodies
The DCMS sponsors the following non-departmental public bodies:
- Arts Council of England
- Big Lottery Fund formed by the 2006 merger of:
- Millennium Commission
- National Lottery Charities Board (Community Fund)
- New Opportunities Fund
- British Library
- British Museum
- British Tourist Authority (VisitBritain)
- Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)
- English Heritage (formally the Historic Buildings & Monuments Commission for England)
- English Sports Council
- Football Licensing Authority
- Gambling Commission
- Geffrye Museum
- Horniman Museum
- Horserace Betting Levy Board
- Imperial War Museum
- Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester
- Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)
- National Gallery
- National Heritage Memorial Fund
- the Trustees of the NHMF also administer the Heritage Lottery Fund
- National Lottery Commission
- National Maritime Museum
- National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
- National Museum of Science and Industry
- National Portrait Gallery
- Natural History Museum
- Olympic Delivery Authority
- Olympic Lottery Distributor
- Registrar of Public Lending Right
- Royal Armouries Museum
- Sir John Soane's Museum
- Sport England
- Tate Gallery
- UK Film Council
- UK Sport
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- Wallace Collection
DCMS also has responsibility for two other bodies classified by the Office for National Statistics as being within the central government sector:
- The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) is a company limited by guarantee, established by a joint venture agreement between the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Mayor of London and the British Olympic Association.
- Churches Conservation Trust
DCMS is also the major financial sponsor of the following bodies, which are not classed as part of the UK central government
- Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
- Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College
- Tyne and Wear Museums
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.
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:
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:
- Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (architecture, arts, culture, galleries, libraries, museums, sport)
- Department of the Environment (historic built environment)
- Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (tourism)
- Department for Social Development (gambling, liquor licensing)
Under the Welsh devolution settlement, specific policy areas are transferred to the National Assembly for Wales rather than reserved to Westminster.
- ^ Office List of Government Departments and Ministers: Department for Culture, Media and Sport
- ^ http://www.lordswhips.org.uk/display/templatedisplay1.asp?sectionid=12
- ^ ONS Sector Classification Guide accessesd 13 August 2008 http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_economy/MA23.xls
- ^ Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II
- ^ Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
- ^ Departments (Transfer and Assignment of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999
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