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Referendum Bill Committee calls for evidence from young people on the Franchise Bill, 12/03/13 [S]
The Scottish Parliament committee charged with scrutinising the legislation to hold a referendum has issued a call for evidence on the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill, which will enable 16 and 17 year olds to vote in next year’s referendum.

Votes at 16 Motion, 04/02/13 [S]
Motion lodged before the Scottish Parliament on 4 February 2013 by Kevin Stewart (SNP) on the I’d Love to Vote campaign launched by Votes at 16.

Voting Age Debate, 24/01/13 [E/NI/S/W]
Debate in the House of Commons on 24 January 2013 on reducing the age of eligibility for voting in all elections and referendums in the United Kingdom to 16. The debate was opened by Stephen Williams (LD).

Voting Oral Question, 17/01/13 [E/NI/S/W]
Oral Question in the House of Lords on 17 January 2013 from Lord Roberts of Llandudno asking Her Majesty's Government what specific measures they are taking to ensure that the maximum number of young people are enrolled on the electoral register.

Votes for 16 and 17-year-olds Debate, 18/12/12 [E/NI/S/W]
Debate in the House of Commons on the 18 December 2012 on Votes for 16 and 17-year-olds. The debate was introduced by Julie Elliott (Lab).

Youth Participation Motion, 24/04/12 [E/NI/S/W]
Early Day Motion lodged in the House of Commons on 24 April 2012 by Bob Russell (LD) on youth participation and Girlguiding UK.

Votes at 16 Motion, 07/03/12 [S]
Motion lodged before the Scottish Parliament on 7 March 2012 by Patrick Harvie (Green) on Votes at 16.

UK Children’s Commissioners’ mid-term report to the State Party on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – the Report, 21
The four UK Children's Commissioners have called for an urgent reassessment of the impact of the coalition government's Spending Review on the needs of vulnerable children.

Young People and Politics Oral Question, 14/09/11 [E/NI/S/W]
Oral Question in the House of Lords on 14 September 2011 from Lord Roberts of Llandudno asking Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to encourage more young people to engage with democratic institutions.

Voting Age Written Answer, 12/09/11 [S]
Written Answer given in response to Kezia Dugdale's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Executive whether it has the legal authority to conduct Scotland-wide referenda and, if so, whether it would consider allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote in these.