§ Mrs. Knight
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to amend the Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act 1955 so as to cover obscene material.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Sufficient protection should be available under existing legislation. The Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act 1955 is directed specifically at controlling the sale and availability of horror comics aimed at children, and the inclusion in it of obscene material would largely duplicate the effect of the Obscene Publications Acts 1959 and 1964. Those Acts already cover all obscene material, including that likely to fall into the hands of children.