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UK Council for Child Internet Safety

Education written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) how many whole-time equivalent officials in his Department worked on the UK Council of Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) in (a) May 2010 and (b) January 2013; and how many such officials are projected to work on the UKCCIS until the redundancy programme in May 2015;

(2) what the current budget is for the UK Council of Child Internet Safety's department; and what its projected budget is for each year to 2015;

(3) what the future work programme is of the UK Council of Child Internet Safety.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

In May 2010 the staff resource for child internet safety in the Department, including the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) secretariat, was approximately five full-time equivalent staff. In addition, other parts of Government provided staff to the Department for Education to support the work, including two part-time staff, one temporary member of staff, and one seconded, part-time member of staff.

In January 2013 there were approximately seven full-time equivalent staff in the Department for Education working on child internet safety. None of these is currently provided by other Government Departments. However, as child internet safety is a cross-Government priority, officials from the Department for Education work collaboratively with officials from the Home Office and DCMS. The Department's business planning process is ongoing and figures for 2015 are still to be confirmed and will be kept under review.

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) is an umbrella group with membership open to any organisation concerned with improving child internet safety. Members agree to pursue the aims and objectives of UKCCIS. The Government strategically directs, supports and promotes the work of UKCCIS, but it is the members of UKCCIS who take action forward, supported by a secretariat at the Department for Education. The UK Council for Child Internet Safety does not, therefore, directly manage a budget. The Department is currently undertaking comprehensive business planning to determine its priorities and appropriate resources for the period 2013-14 to 2015-16.

The future work programme of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) will be determined by the UKCCIS Executive Board, chaired by three Ministers—the Minister for Crime Prevention, Mr Browne, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, my hon. Friend Mr Vaizey, and myself. The UKCCIS Executive Board keeps the priorities for improving child internet safety under review, and details of the work of UKCCIS members and their achievements are published on the UKCCIS website at:

www.education.gov.uk/ukccis

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