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Sunbeds

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent children from using sun-beds in tanning shops; and if he will make a statement; (259919)

(2) if he will introduce legislation to ban the unsupervised use of sun-bed machines; and if he will make a statement;

(3) if he will introduce legislation to ban the use of coin-operated sun-bed machines; and if he will make a statement.

The Government advise against the use of sunbeds for cosmetic purposes, particularly by minors, including the use of unsupervised or coin-operated sunbeds. The Cancer Reform Strategy commits the Government to reviewing options for possible regulation of the sunbed industry, but firstly to gather information to inform the review. This is currently under way.