Ministerial Support Given to Make IT Happy Competition

Andrew Miller MP and Chloe Smith MP

During Parliamentary Questions on Wednesday 19th December, Andrew Miller MP, Vice Chair of PICTFOR asked Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office with responsibility for cyber security, if she would lend her support to the PICTFOR co-sponsored National Schools Competition 2013, “Make IT Happy: Make IT Safe”.

The minister stated her support for the competition and confirmed that it was important to educate school children on matters of cyber security.


Please find an excerpt below:


House of Commons Hansard (link here)

Oral Answers to Questions, Cabinet Office



The Minister for the Cabinet Office was asked—




Andrew Miller:

The hon. Lady is right that cyber-security affects everyone in society. Will she therefore put her support behind the annual PICTFOR—the Parliamentary Internet Communications Technology Forum—competition, “Make IT Happy”, which is targeted at primary schools and in 2013 will be focused on cyber-security, building on the forthcoming programme for secondary schools?

Miss Smith:

I welcome the hon. Gentleman’s scheme, and I welcome PICTFOR’s support. I look forward to working with him on the scheme because it is important that we get that message out, even to children at a young age, and I am sure that we can all have a happy new year with that scheme.

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