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Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: Representations have been made by various groups, including the British Youth Council and the UK Youth Parliament. The Government are absolutely determined to increase the engagement of young people in politics and will continue to review how best that is done, and that will include consideration of lowering the voting age to 16. We are also very innovative: today, we have the march on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: My right hon. Friend makes a valid point about citizenship education. The Government believe that it is crucial to provide the best citizenship education for young people. The Department for Children, Schools and Families is funding 11 higher education institutions to provide free continuing professional development courses for teachers, and certificates and masters-level credits will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point, but one age group should not be considered to the exclusion of any other. In fact, it is habit forming when people, especially young people, get involved and engage in politics; they are then more likely to carry that through later on in their lives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: I agree with hon. Friend that something desperate needs to be done. Surely, as part of that, hon. Members should make a cohesive effort to go out and engage with young people in all constituencies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: ICT (External Consultants) (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: The Department examines requirements for external consultancy on a case-by-case basis. Cabinet Office is committed in the long term to upskilling the IT department in order to ensure that we reduce the requirement for external resources, and we are building in-house the capacity, culture and skills that are needed to increase efficiency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: ICT (External Consultants) (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: It is important that we consider a couple of areas. For instance, from 1 April 2009 the Cabinet Office required all proposed procurements for external resources to be approved by the external resources board. External resources are used only when the external supplier offers skills or resources that are not available within a Department, and offers value for money. [Interruption.] That,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: ICT (External Consultants) (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: I thank my hon. Friend for championing, and ensuring that we have, local jobs for local people. We have to consider value for money and whether we have the skills in-house to provide the services and IT strategies that we need.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: ICT (External Consultants) (10 March 2010)

Dawn Butler: Upskilling is now a recognised and understandable term. I apologise if the hon. Gentleman is put off by it, but I explain to him that it means that we will educate people further in the necessary skills that they need in order to do the job. I hope that that makes it clearer to him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Youth Citizenship Commission (27 January 2010) has video

Dawn Butler: I am co-ordinating the Government response to the Youth Citizenship Commission. I have been impressed by the breadth of commitment of all Government Departments in engaging young people as active citizens in their communities and as they go through the transition to adulthood. I expect to publish my findings in response to the YCC in February, when I shall report on the significant amount of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Youth Citizenship Commission (27 January 2010) has video

Dawn Butler: I would like to congratulate my hon. Friend on all her work for the all-party parliamentary group on youth affairs. She does an excellent job. The UK Youth Parliament is a real success story: my hon. Friend will know that it held a great debate here in the House, and one of its key priorities is to lower the voting age to 16. She makes a valuable point, and I will indeed press the House...

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Youth Citizenship Commission (27 January 2010) has video

Dawn Butler: The hon. Gentleman makes another valuable point. We do not need any changes in law to ensure that young people are registered in schools, colleges and universities. We need to encourage those institutions to make sure that young people are encouraged to sign on and be registered to vote when they reach 17, so that we have the maximum number participating in the next election.

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Government Information Service (27 January 2010) has video

Dawn Butler: The Government Communication Network is the successor to the Government Information Service, which was disbanded in 1997. Over the next 12 months, the permanent secretary at the GCN will improve the professional skills of communicators throughout the civil service, maintain professional standards, increase efficiency and deliver maximum value for money. Effective communication performs a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Government Information Service (27 January 2010) has video

Dawn Butler: Over the years, there has been a lot of demand on press officers' time. I will give the hon. Gentleman some figures. There are 374 media personnel in the Press Gallery and more than 3,000 journalists at the BBC, and each of their queries demands a response. On average, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, for instance, receives 600 calls a day. The increase in numbers is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: People with Disabilities (9 December 2009) has video

Dawn Butler: The latest volunteering figures from the Government's citizenship survey show that in England 32 per cent. of disabled people volunteered at least once in 2008-09. In order to ensure that more disabled people are able to access volunteering programmes, the Office of the Third Sector is piloting a 2 million volunteering fund in England, which will pay for adjustments and support for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: People with Disabilities (9 December 2009) has video

Dawn Butler: I thank my right hon. Friend for his warm words and kind remarks. It is indeed a pleasure to be standing here at the Dispatch Box. I, too, would like to congratulate my right hon. Friend on receiving a disability champion award yesterday. The Cabinet Office is looking at ensuring that disabled people-those with learning difficulties-are totally included in the packages that we are providing,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: People with Disabilities (9 December 2009) has video

Dawn Butler: I again thank the hon. Gentleman for his remarks. The Office of the Third Sector is building a platform to ensure that people with disabilities participate fully and are considered to be the same as able-bodied people. The scheme that has been put in place, although it is a pilot, will be reviewed in 2011. If it is successful, it will be rolled out nationally.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: People with Disabilities (9 December 2009) has video

Dawn Butler: The hon. Gentleman raises a valid point. Indeed, through programmes such as v and YouthNet, the Office of the Third Sector is ensuring that young people are not only working with and for, but are engaged with, people with disabilities-both those with learning disabilities and those with other disabilities-to ensure that they can play a full and active part in society.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Floods (9 December 2009) has video

Dawn Butler: I know that the hon. Lady recently visited the affected area to see for herself the impact of the flooding and to meet emergency responders. All sides of the House have paid tribute to PC Bill Barker, who lost his life. Despite the unprecedented nature of the rainfall that occurred, the prompt and effective response to the flooding in Cumbria was exemplary, due to meticulous and effective...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Floods (9 December 2009) has video

Dawn Butler: The hon. Lady makes the valid point that we must congratulate those people and wardens on the ground, and I completely endorse her sentiments. The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 has been working, and it provides a framework that has now been well established. We will continue to look at any lessons that can be learned from that and ensure that it is enhanced further.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Floods (9 December 2009) has video

Dawn Butler: The emergency services and the armed forces worked exceptionally well and speedily in ensuring that the new bridge was built in time and to the benefit of all concerned, so I completely endorse my hon. Friend's sentiments.

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