The Culture, Media and Sport Committee monitors the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its associated bodies, including the BBC, on behalf of the House of Commons and the electorate.
It also conducts inquiries into areas of current interest within its remit, for example:
- London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- the UK's cultural heritage
- new developments in broadcasting
The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry and seeks written oral evidence from a wide range of relevant groups and individuals.
At the end of an inquiry the Committee will usually produce a report setting out its findings and making recommendations to the Government. The Government must respond to each of the report's recommendations within two months of publication.