Department for Culture Media and Sport

publication scheme

What is a Publication Scheme?

The term 'publication' refers to information that is available to the public in a variety of formats: for example paper or electronic online based reports or via the Department's web pages.  The Publication Scheme specifies the following:

  • The classes of information that we publish or intend to publish
  • The manner in which information in each class is or is intended to be published
  • Whether the information is, or is intended to be, available free of charge or on payment

The Model Publication Scheme 2009

As a result of the Publication Scheme Development and maintenance Initiative the ICO has introduced a Model Publication Scheme PDF(49kb) that all public sector organisations should adopt from 1 January 2009.

The Scheme does not cover the Publication Schemes of the DCMS sponsored bodies.  Information about these may be obtained from the individual organisations (see below 'Related Publication Schemes'.)

What are the charges?

Our aim is to make as much information as possible available free of charge.

At present there will be no charge for information available on our website.  Published documents, for example legislation, will have links to the appropriate web site where a charge may be made. Where a charge is applicable this will be indicated with a pound sign "£".

A paper copy of the information contained on our website (including paper copies of reports available in electronic form) is available on request (see 'How to Contact Us'.)

Classes of information

To make the publication scheme readily accessible the model scheme is  organised into a number of classes. Definition document for government departments PDF(57kb)  


Complaints and Feedback

If you wish to comment or complain about our Publication Scheme please let us know.  We welcome suggestions for new classes of information that could be included.  Please contact Public Engagement and Recognition Unit (PERU).

Related Publication Schemes

The classes of information being made available by the Department relate to the core functions of DCMS.  The Department also sponsors many statutory bodies that are required to produce their own publication schemes.  Details of these can be obtained by contacting the respective Non Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs), advisory bodies and public corporations. 

How to Contact Us

The information being made available under the 'Publication Scheme' can be obtained from our website or by writing to the:

Public Engagement and Recognition Unit (PERU)
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2-4 Cockspur Street

Telephone: 020-7211-6921

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