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Proof of Identity: Internet

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 20 January 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to ensure age verification online by e-tailers. (245249)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government believe the existing legislation relating to consumer protection by age verification is sufficient as these regulations regarding age appropriate goods apply online as they do offline. We expect online and offline retailers to take appropriate measures to ensure that age-restricted goods are not made available to people under the relevant age.