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Pornography

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made on preventing children from gaining access to hardcore pornography. (56007)

Strong controls already exist to protect children from hardcore pornography in the UK. I refer my hon. Friend to the answers that my hon. Friend the Member for Wythenshawe and Sale, East (Paul Goggins), then Under-Secretary of State at the Home Department, gave on 23 March 2006, Official Report, column 607W, and 28 March 2006, Official Report, column 909W, and the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 651W. In addition, DCMS Ministers have agreed a code of practice with the British Hospitality Association to prevent children under the age of 18 from exposure to video works classified at 18/R18 provided through pay to view systems in hotels.