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Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what petitions have been received by her Department from the unstaffed sunbed salon industry operators in opposition to further regulation; (141901)

(2) what representations she has received from the unstaffed sunbed salon industry on usage of sunbeds by people under the age of 16;

(3) whether she has met representatives of the unstaffed sunbed salon industry in the last two years.

The Department has received copies of a petition signed by customers of the Consol Suncenter chain of coin-operated sunbed salons. Officials have had discussions with representatives from Consol at which the issue of access by those under 16 years to Consol’s sunbed parlours were discussed. I met representatives of Consol on 29 March 2007.