Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (sometimes abbreviated DCMS) is a department of the British government. It is led by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, a cabinet position. Other ministers are the Minister for the Arts, Minister for Sport and Tourism and the Minister for Media and Heritage. The current Secretary of State is Tessa Jowell and her ministers are David Lammy (Culture), Richard Caborn (Sport) and James Purnell (Media and Tourism).

Before 1997 it was known as the Department for National Heritage, which was in turn created out of various other departments in 1992.

Its four strategic priorities are children and young people, communities, delivery and economy and it is responsible for government policy in the following areas:

DCMS also has responsibility for the Royal Parks Agency. In addition to this it funds various Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs):

It's main offices are 2-4 Cockspur Street, London, SW1Y 5DH.

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