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Select Committee hearing on sport

During a DCMS Select Committee hearing this morning, Damian raised the importance of local leisure centre and swimming pools being open for the school holidays and asked Huw Edwards from UKactive about new capacity and reaching out to more families.


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Welcome news for farmers and consumers

Damian has strongly welcomed the announcement this week that a Trade and Agriculture Commission is to be set up by the Government, subject to agreement on terms of reference.   

the restoration and renewal of Parliament

Damian answered on the principles of reviewing plans for Parliament's restoration & renewal in the House yesterday, reinforcing that there must be uninterrupted effective scrutiny of government and representation of constituents, but there was also the need to maximise value-for-money

Raising the issue of online harms regulation

In a DCMS Select Committee hearing this morning, Damian pressed Ofcom on the scope of online harms regulation, and felt it was clear from the limited answers possible that there was a need to press ahead with the legislation as soon as possible.


Select Committee hearing with the BBC

During a DCMS Select Committee hearing yesterday, Damian asked the BBC about young people deserting established channels, their support for school-at-home, and whether subtitles help tots' early language & literacy:



the need to keep supporting rough sleepers

During questions to the Secretary of State for MHCLG, Damian raised the need to build on current work with rough sleepers, towards sustainable homes and careers:

pressing questions on the Online Harms legislation

During this week's DCMS Select Committee hearing, Damian pressed the Minister on the timing and the scope of the UK's Online Harms legislation, which is so important for the protection of children and can be world-leading:


Prospects for the return of live music

During this week's DCMS Select Committee hearing, Damian asked about the prospects for the return of live music, what would need to be in place for safety and when it could happen: