The extent to which work which is now illegal will be legalised when regulations are made under Part II of the Children and Young Persons Act, 1963, depends on the provisions of that Act. The purpose which I believe my hon. Friend has in mind could not be achieved without new legislation.
Is my right hon. Friend not aware that new legislation is very desirable, and that the 1963 Act is a thoroughly bad Act and that any Regulations stemming from it must be equally bad?
My hon. Friend has now recognised what I said, that to achieve his object he would need new legislation. I understand that what he objects to is the performance of children in television commercials. While I appreciate the views of those who believe that performances by children on the stage and films produce precocious children, I find it difficult to appreciate the view of my hon. Friend, who seems to think that there is less harm in a child playing the rôle of the child of a divorced parent in a film than advertising Smarties or Jelly Tops.