HC Deb 16 January 1990 vol 165 cc157-8W
Q165. Mr. Blunkett

To ask the Prime Minister what action she proposes to take to support moves to remove pornography from the shelves of shops.

The Prime Minister

I share the hon. Member's concern about pornography. We have introduced legislation for the control of sex shops and outlawing possession of child pornography. Legislation to outlaw indecent displays has been carried with Government support. The Government have also given support to two private Members' Bills to strengthen the Obscene Publications Act 1959 which were unsuccessful, and has taken other steps to uphold standards in published material. My right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary has commissioned a review of the available research on links between pornography and violence and the effects on attitudes to women.