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Anorexia: Internet

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the Pro Ana web sites relating to anorexia; and if he will make a statement. (254580)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not discussed this issue with ministerial colleagues. Responsibility for the regulation of the internet rests with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

The Department is concerned about the risks posed by websites which encourage anorexia or bulimia, but cannot take any legal action against them. Such sites are not in themselves illegal and may also be hosted overseas.

We continue to explore a variety of courses of action. For example, we have worked with a media agency which offered their expertise pro bono to run advertisements directing youngsters to more appropriate sites.