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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cultural Renewal Taskforce
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how often the Cultural Renewal Taskforce will meet.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 04 June 2020

As part of the Government’s roadmap for recovery from Covid-19, DCMS has launched the Cultural Renewal taskforce which will support plans for reopening across DCMS sectors.

The Taskforce meets weekly and is supported by eight sector-specific Working Groups.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
Asked on: 02 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cultural Renewal Taskforce
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the membership of (a)the Cultural Renewal Taskforce and (b) the Taskforce's working groups.
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
Asked on: 02 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cultural Renewal Taskforce and Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the remit, terms of reference and objectives of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce and the Commissioner for Cultural Recovery.
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
Asked on: 02 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cultural Renewal Taskforce
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what account his Department took of (a) regional representation, (b) diversity representation and (c) representation of smaller arts organisations and community voices in the establishment of the membership of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce.
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
Asked on: 02 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cultural Renewal Taskforce
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the minutes of the (a) Cultural Renewal Taskforce and (b) the Taskforce's working groups.
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
Asked on: 02 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Creative Industries Council
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) current status is and (b) priorities are of the Creative Industries Council.
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
Asked on: 02 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cultural Renewal Taskforce
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many FTE staff in his Department have been allocated to support the work of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce; and what other resources his Department has allocated to that Taskforce.
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
Asked on: 02 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 5 February 2020 to Question 10754 on Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Staff, whether the 111 FTE Civil Servants remain allocated to work in relation to culture; and whether there has been changes to the level of staff working on the cultural industries as a result of covid-19.
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 May 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Service Broadcasting
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on advertising with public service broadcasters in each of the last three years.
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Answered by: Mr John Whittingdale
Answered on: 20 May 2020

DCMS have not purchased advertising with public service broadcasters in the last three years.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 May 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Arts: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to provide financial support for freelance creative professionals with portfolio careers who are unable to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and universal credit.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 20 May 2020

We appreciate that the Covid-19 pandemic presents a significant challenge to many of DCMS’ sectors including the creative industries, which is why the Government has announced unprecedented support for business and workers to protect them against the current economic emergency.

DCMS is engaging with a range of departments to support the economic response, and ensuring that the needs of its sectors, and those who work in them, are fully understood. DCMS will continue to work with these valuable sectors to understand the difficulties they face and help them access support through these challenging times and through recovery.

To ensure we are assisting all our sectors as effectively as possible, regular ministerially-chaired roundtables are held with business representative organisations as well as trade associations from across the Creative Industries. In addition, officials are in regular contact with stakeholders from these sectors, and we continue to speak with HM Treasury colleagues to ensure that the full spectrum of government support reaches the UK's world-leading media and Creative Industries.

Grouped Questions: 47390
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 April 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Arts: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many companies in the creative industries have claimed support through the (a) Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (b) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (c) VAT payment deferral (e) PAYE self-assessment payment deferral and (f) Statutory Sick Pay rebate; the amounts supplied through each; and if he will publish this information on a regular basis.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 30 April 2020

Applications for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) opened on Monday 20th April. As of midnight on 23 April, HMRC had over half a million claims with a total value of around £4.5bn. CJRS, tax deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus, deferral of Self-Assessment payments due to coronavirus and Statutory Sick Pay rebate are new schemes and HMRC are currently working through the analysis they will be able to provide based on the data available. HMRC will make the timescales for publication and the types of data available in due course.

As of 22 April, over £2.8bn worth of loans have been issued under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme across all sectors, to over 16,600 businesses. At this time, the Government cannot provide a breakdown of funding by sector, as lenders have been given a temporary dispensation from uploading their data to the British Business Bank’s system in order to let lenders focus on issuing new loans. This is a pragmatic step that reflects the urgency of getting loans issued.

Grouped Questions: 39798 | 39799
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 April 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Arts: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many workers in the creative industries are beneficiaries of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 30 April 2020

Applications for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) opened on Monday 20th April. As of midnight on 23 April, HMRC had over half a million claims with a total value of around £4.5bn. CJRS, tax deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus, deferral of Self-Assessment payments due to coronavirus and Statutory Sick Pay rebate are new schemes and HMRC are currently working through the analysis they will be able to provide based on the data available. HMRC will make the timescales for publication and the types of data available in due course.

As of 22 April, over £2.8bn worth of loans have been issued under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme across all sectors, to over 16,600 businesses. At this time, the Government cannot provide a breakdown of funding by sector, as lenders have been given a temporary dispensation from uploading their data to the British Business Bank’s system in order to let lenders focus on issuing new loans. This is a pragmatic step that reflects the urgency of getting loans issued.

Grouped Questions: 39797 | 39799
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 April 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Arts: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of organisations in the creative industries that are using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme top up their employees' salaries to 100 per cent.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 30 April 2020

Applications for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) opened on Monday 20th April. As of midnight on 23 April, HMRC had over half a million claims with a total value of around £4.5bn. CJRS, tax deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus, deferral of Self-Assessment payments due to coronavirus and Statutory Sick Pay rebate are new schemes and HMRC are currently working through the analysis they will be able to provide based on the data available. HMRC will make the timescales for publication and the types of data available in due course.

As of 22 April, over £2.8bn worth of loans have been issued under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme across all sectors, to over 16,600 businesses. At this time, the Government cannot provide a breakdown of funding by sector, as lenders have been given a temporary dispensation from uploading their data to the British Business Bank’s system in order to let lenders focus on issuing new loans. This is a pragmatic step that reflects the urgency of getting loans issued.

Grouped Questions: 39797 | 39798
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 16 March 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Ministerial Responsibility
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish his Department's Ministerial responsibilities.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 19 March 2020

The Department's Ministerial responsibilities were published on February 17th.

Details can be found on GOV.UK.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 March 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Mayors: West Yorkshire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what powers the proposed Mayor of West Yorkshire will have.
A
Answered by: Mr Simon Clarke
Answered on: 17 March 2020

The Government announced at the Budget on 11 March that agreement had been reached on an ambitious devolution deal with West Yorkshire.

The full text of the deal, setting out the powers the West Yorkshire Mayor and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority will have, as well as the funding streams to be provided, including over £1.1 billion of investment funding for the area, is now available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/west-yorkshire-devolution-deal .

The conferral of powers and implementation of the deal is subject to the statutory requirements for the necessary secondary legislation being met, including the consent of the West Yorkshire Councils to, and Parliamentary approval of, that legislation.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 04 March 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Rugby: Listed Events
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of including the six nations rugby union tournament in the Ofcom Code on Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events.
A
Answered by: Mr John Whittingdale
Answered on: 10 March 2020

The Rugby Six Nations tournament has been a group B event on the listed events regime since 1998. As a group B event, live coverage may be provided by a subscription television service providing that delayed coverage or extended highlights are provided by a qualifying free to air channel.

The Government is clear that the existing list works well, and strikes the right balance between retaining free-to-air sports events for the public and allowing rights holders to negotiate agreements in the best interests of their sport. The Government therefore has no intention of undertaking a review of the list, or of moving the Six Nations from the category B list to the category A list.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 04 March 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Information Officers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many people are employed in communications roles in his Department.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 09 March 2020

41 people were employed in communications roles in DCMS on 1st March 2020.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 February 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sport England: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans to undertake a review of the funding allocated to Sport England.
A
Answered by: Nigel Huddleston
Answered on: 27 February 2020

In 2020 a full Spending Review will be held, reviewing public spending in the round and setting multi-year budgets. This will include individual government departments and arm's length bodies such as Sport England.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 February 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Television: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has held with representatives of the BBC on the future of the licence fee; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr John Whittingdale
Answered on: 27 February 2020

The Secretary of State for DCMS recently met with the Chairman of the BBC Board and the Director-General of the BBC to discuss a range of matters relating to the BBC.

The government has committed to maintain the licence fee funding model for the duration of this 11 year Charter period, until 2027.

The current licence fee settlement is agreed until April 2022. This includes the licence fee rising by inflation each year. Negotiations for the next licence fee settlement period, from April 2022, will take place in due course.

The government is committed to ensuring that the BBC and all public service broadcasters adapt to a fast changing market, and keeping them at the heart of our world class TV sector.

Ahead of the next Charter Review process, the Government will undertake a detailed look at the future of the TV licence model itself.

And we have recently launched a consultation on whether TV licence evasion should be decriminalised. We believe that it is right to look again at whether the criminal sanction remains appropriate for TV licence fee evasion given ongoing concerns about whether the criminal sanction is unfair and disproportionate.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 February 2020
Department for Education
Apprentices: Arts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the ability of organisations in the creative industries to utilise the apprenticeship levy.
A
Answered by: Gillian Keegan
Answered on: 27 February 2020

The apprenticeship levy is at the centre of our reforms to build an employer-led apprenticeship system and transform the quality of apprenticeship training. We continue to engage with employers in all sectors of the economy to help them realise the benefits of apprenticeships. In the creative sector, we work closely with industry bodies, such as the Creative Industries Council, Creative and Cultural Skills, and ScreenSkills.

In response to this engagement, we introduced transfers in 2018 to offer employers greater flexibility. This gives apprenticeship levy-paying employers the freedom to transfer funds to any employer, including smaller employers in their supply chain, or Apprenticeship Training Agencies and charities. In April 2019, we increased the cap from 10% to 25% of employers’ funds that can be transferred each year. An Apprenticeship Training Agency acts as the apprentice’s employer throughout their training, allowing them to complete the 12-month minimum apprenticeship duration through a series of shorter placements with different employers.

We are also working with employers and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to prioritise the development of 17 new standards in the creative sector to help address skills gaps.

We recognise that some employers in the creative industries experience challenges in utilising the apprenticeship levy to support starts in their business or the wider sector. The Department for Education and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are working with ScreenSkills and industry partners on an innovative film and TV pilot which will enable 20 apprentices to benefit from hands-on experience on the sets of major films and TV shows. Launched on 23 January, it will explore a new model for how apprenticeships can be used to deliver multiple placements on film and TV productions, as well as addressing skills shortages.

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