I too am glad to hear the UK government seem to be listening but at the same time am a little worried that they still don't seem to 'get it'.
Scrapping ICT for computer science in it's entirety would be a mistake. Not every kid dreams of growing up to be a programmer or hacker. Just because all of us do, doesn't mean it's right for everyone.
ICT does serve a purpose. Whilst we all happily tap away on our keyboards and jab at our tablets it's easy to forget that a sizable part of families in the UK live a hand to mouth existence with, I believe, roughly 22% of children in the UK living below the poverty line. For these kids it's highly unlikely that they're exposed to even the most rudimentary computer tech at home, and if they don't wish to do computer science GCSEs, might end up slipping through the net and leaving school with little to no IT skills.
That said, I believe that starting kids who are interested in programming, etc, shouldn't have to wait until they choose their options.
When I started secondary school was right around when all this ICT stuff came in. I remember when I started school there was a computer lab, computer club, etc, but with the advent of ICT that was all scrapped.
I have to say that I'm very wary when politicians make bold decisions and swathing statements like this. It always just feels like rhetoric to try and gain some popularity with the public without really thinking about what they are doing or what it's effects will be.
So while I very much welcome the decision to reintroduce computer science back into schools, I think ICT also has a place. I also feel we need to have a return to having computer clubs in schools so that kids who are interested in computer science don't have to wait until their GCSEs start.