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Internet: Suicide

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to act against internet sites which encourage (a) suicide or (b) anorexia. (200680)

I am concerned about the potential harm of such internet sites. In March this year we accepted the recommendations of the Byron Review including that the new UK Council on Child Internet Safety look at whether the law around harmful and inappropriate material online could usefully be clarified, and explore appropriate enforcement responses. We expect this to be a key area of work for the council and that will make early recommendations for action if necessary.