HC Deb 02 July 1999 vol 334 c310W
Mr. Laurence Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to whom the Video Appeals Committee is responsible; who appoints its members; and if he will make a statement. [89662]

Mr. Straw

Section 4(3) of the Video Recordings Act 1984 requires the Secretary of State to be satisfied that adequate arrangements exist for appeals against classification decisions which submitting companies consider to be too strict. The Video Appeals Committee is the independent, appellate body set up for this purpose. Its members are selected by the British Board of Film Classification but it is independent of the Board and the Home Secretary. Although the Committee has no statutory authority, it has been the Board's practice to accept its decisions.