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Inappropriate Websites

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on EU co-operation on the regulation and control of inappropriate websites. (111654)

At the Justice and Home Affairs Council, held on 4-5 December 2006 in Brussels, the Home Secretary emphasised the need to protect children, and others, from violent material and set out the UK’s specific concerns about extreme pornographic material. With regard to child abuse images, the Home Secretary raised what more could be done at the EU level to tackle child abuse images.

Domestically, the UK is proposing to make the possession of a limited range of violent and extreme pornography material illegal, and would like other member states to consider how they control the publication and distribution of such material.