§ Rev. Martin Smyth
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria are used by HM Customs and Excise for seizing pornographic material being imported into the United Kingdom. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
[holding answer 16 June 1997]:The question of whether an item is indecent or obscene is a matter for the Courts. Customs seek to prohibit material which cannot lawfully be traded in the UK and would be in breach of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 or the Protection of Children Act 1978.
Customs Officers are issued with guidance which covers the type of activity that is likely to be considered by the Court's to be indecent or obscene.