§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions were brought against those responsible for hiring video tapes of films with an 18 or 15 classification to those under age; and how many resulted in convictions, for the last year for which figures were available.
§ Mr. Maclean
The Video Recordings Act 1984 does not differentiate the supply of a video recording of classified work for hire from other forms of commercial supply, such as the supply of a classified video for sale. In 1989, there was a total of 47 prosecutions and 42 convictions under the Act, of which one was a successful prosecution under section 11 of the Act relating to supply of a video recording in breach of the classification awarded. Information collected centrally from 1990 onwards does not identify separately offences committed under this specific Act from other summary offences.