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Pornographic Material

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider introducing legislation to reduce the amount of (a) pornographic materials in circulation and (b) bad language, pornography and violence on television; and if he will make a statement. (78967)

The information requested is as follows.

(a) Legislation, including the Obscene Publications Act 1959, the Indecent Displays (Control) Act 1981, the Video Recordings Act 1984 and the Communications Act 2003 already exist to protect people against illegal and harmful sexual material. The Government are also currently considering the responses they have received to their Consultation on the Possession of Extreme Pornographic Material which contains proposals to make illegal the simple possession of a limited range of extreme pornographic material.

(b) Decisions on broadcast programme standards are a matter for Ofcom, the BBC and S4C to determine independently of Government, according to the provisions of the Broadcasting and Communications Acts.