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Clause 2 — Duty to prevent sunbed use by children

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 12:30 pm on 12th March 2010.

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Photo of Julie Morgan Julie Morgan Labour, Cardiff North 12:30 pm, 12th March 2010

The issue of the cost of £88,000 per year has been raised several times, and I just want to reassure Members that the Local Government Association specifically worked out how many situations it would have to deal with. It is also important to remember that this work would be done by existing environmental officers. Therefore, this figure of £88,000 has been very carefully calculated. It is also important to remember that Scotland is allocating no additional money for enforcing this, because it thinks it can be done with existing staff.

The only other point I want to make is that £20,000 is the maximum fine, and we would not expect it to be imposed very often. This is a very serious issue, however, so it is important to have that high sum as the maximum fine.