HC Deb 16 April 1964 vol 693 cc83-4W
34. Mr. Parkin

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the effectiveness of the model byelaw recommended by his predecessor in 1949 to control the sale of contraceptives through vending machines is being challenged by a firm formed to install these machines in the toilets of cafés and licensed premises: that such installations are operating in a public house in the Fulham Road and a café in Islington and that 100 of the first batch of machines are to be placed in areas, including seaside resorts, frequented by teenagers; and whether he will take immediate steps to advise new byelaws to enable police and local authorities to deal with this traffic.

Mr. Brooke

The model byelaw is designed to prohibit the sale of contra- ceptives from slot machines placed in streets or in forecourts or entrances to buildings. I am advised that the Act under which it is made would not permit its extension to prohibit sales from slot machines in cafés and similar places.