§ Ms Blears
The Government have no current plans to introduce legislation to make the body piercing of minors without their parents' or guardians' consent a criminal offence, as this might lead to them piercing themselves or each other in an unsafe and unhygienic manner or to going to disreputable businesses. We keep the position under review.
There are no statutory provisions relating specifically to the cosmetic body piercing of minors. The following statutory provisions are relevant to the regulation of cosmetic body piercing businesses:
- London Local Authorities Act 2000
- London Local Authorities Act 1995
- London Local Authorities Act 1991
- Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (relates to ear piercing)
- Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1981
In general, body piercing organisations and local authorities take the good practice view that children, either under 16 or under 18 years of age (depending on viewpoint), should not have body piercing without parental consent. However, practice by individual businesses may vary.
§ Ms Munn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the need for further regulation of body piercing; what plans he has for the further regulation of body piercing; and what recent consultations the Government have had with local authorities concerning the body piercing of minors. 
§ Ms Blears
Since January 2002, we have received a small number of representations about the regulation of body piercing businesses.
We intend to introduce primary legislation to give local authorities outside London specific powers to regulate cosmetic body piercing business, when parliamentary time allows.
We have had no recent consultations with local authorities about the cosmetic body piercing of minors.