HC Deb 15 November 1996 vol 285 cc365-6W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) what discussions she has had with television, satellite and cable companies regarding the introduction of a non-statutory system for publicly rating their television output for sex and violence; [3541]

(2) if she will make it her policy to encourage television, satellite and cable companies to introduce a system for publishing a rating for sex and violence with their television schedules. [3542]

Mr. Sproat

As part of its research into the V-chip, the Department has consulted broadcasters and other organisations, including those representing viewers, on the feasibility and desirability of a ratings system for television programmes. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State also expects to explore this and other ideas with the chairmen of the BBC, the Independent Television Commission and the Broadcasting Standards Council when she meets them next month to discuss public concern about violence on television.