HC Deb 02 March 1989 vol 148 c262W
24. Sir Michael McNair-Wilson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the workings of the Video Recording Act 1984.

Mr. Renton

The Act is now fully in force, and was quickly effective against the so-called "video nasty". We have extended enforcement powers to local authority trading standards officers to strengthen its impact over the full range of material. I have discussed the working of the Act with the British Board of Film Classification and I am confident that the board is doing its job effectively. I have also discussed with representatives of the video trade what further action they might take to ensure that matters not directly covered by the Act, such as displays in shops and packaging material, might be improved.