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John Leech (Manchester, Withington, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking (a) to tackle breaches of the Obscene Publications Acts by non-UK websites which provide explicit hardcore pornography equivalent to that classified R18 by the British Board of Film Classification which is downloaded in the UK and (b) to put in place suitable age verification measures to prevent children accessing such material.

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Damian Green (The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice; Ashford, Conservative)

The Government supports the work that the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) has undertaken. This will explore with UK financial institutions and card companies the possibility of declining to process payments to websites operating outside the European Union which allow under-18s in the UK to view explicit pornographic content. ATVOD provided a report of its progress in this area to the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Executive Board on 8 July 2013. Through UKCCIS the Government is supporting the work with industry to look at how age verification processes could be implemented.

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