§ Mr. Sainsbury
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the latest year for which he has figures for prosecutions and convictions under sections 2 and 3 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959; and how many relate wholly or mainly to video cassettes.
§ Mr. Mayhew
1980 is the latest year for which information is available centrally. Records available to us,308W which may be incomplete, show in that year 239 prosecutions and 162 convictions under section 2 and 562 orders made under section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act, 1959 as amended in 1964. Information on the circumstances of such offences is not collected centrally.