HC Deb 22 May 1996 vol 278 cc245-6W
Mr. Timms

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent representations he has received about offensive or disturbing advertising on billboards; [30195]

(2) what monitoring he routinely undertakes of the Advertising Standards Authority. [30196]

Mr. Sackville

This year my right hon. and learned Friend has received four letters from Members of Parliament and one letter from a member of the public about offensive advertisements.

Government contracts with the Advertising Standards Authority are conducted principally through the Department of Trade and Industry, but my right hon. and learned Friend would not hesitate to approach the authority directly if there were grounds for concern over particular advertising material.