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Skin Piercing

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to adopt the Local Government Act 2003 byelaws for cosmetic body piercing. (244112)

The Department has published guidance for local authorities (LAs) on the powers available in the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (as amended by the Local Government Act 2003) to regulate cosmetic piercing businesses in their area. A copy has been placed in the Library.

In response to feedback from LAs, the Department has also published a new single set of model byelaws covering tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis and acupuncture. A copy has been placed in the Library.

Departmental officials provide advice to LAs on the introduction of byelaws regulating cosmetic piercing and have spoken on the subject at conferences run by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Institute of Licensing.