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Video Games: Sales

Volume 489: debated on Thursday 19 March 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government plan to take to ensure age restrictions on purchasing video games are adhered to for online purchases. (260805)

The needs and rights of children are central and integral to the Government and they have placed the safety of children and young people at the heart of their policies.

It is illegal to sell or supply 18 rated video games to people under age through online retailers. This falls under the remit of trading standards officers. In the Byron review action plan, the Government committed to working with trading standards on monitoring underage game sales and this work is ongoing.