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Video Games: Sales

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps (a) his Department and (b) trading standards have taken to prevent sales of video games to those under age. (267890)

The Government accepted all the Byron Review recommendations, including working with Trading Standards Officers on assessing underage sales of video games. Investigating the issue was accepted as a priority by the Executive Board of the new UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and the Council has taken steps to implement this work with local partners.

This work forms part of the broader efforts to improve parents’ and young people’s understanding of video games and the associated risks, including a review of the classification system by the Department for Culture Media and Sport and a recently-established UKCCIS working group which will deliver the recommendations around online game safety recommendations made by the Byron Review.