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Oliver Dowden pressed on progress of online harms legislation

7 May 2021

MPs will question the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in a wide-ranging hearing on pressing issues covered by the Department.


Thursday 13 May, 2.30pm

  • Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Purpose of the session

The session will investigate the scope and progress towards legislation on online harms, promised towards the start of the next parliamentary session.

On the agenda is also the uncertainty facing the return of large events and the Government's support for the affected industries, as more events due to take place this summer announce cancellations.

Recently the Committee called on the Secretary of State to extend the Events Research Programme and the insurance available to the official pilot events to a wider selection of events.

The barriers facing the creative industries due to Brexit will also be discussed, with questions around touring arrangements for artists and future funding for creative work.

The hearing will also address issues relating to football governance and the upcoming fan-led review and regulation of the music industry following allegations of bullying and abuse of artists.

Further information

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