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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st April 2016.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 12:00 am, 21st April 2016

I am grateful to the hon. Lady for advance warning of her question, and she is right to say that this is a serious matter. We think that age verification should be in place for adult pornographic websites. Images of child abuse are absolutely illegal and we must take every measure to counter them, and I share the hon. Lady’s alarm about the figures today. However, there is a big distinction between those sites, and sites that are legal for adults but where we need to increase protection for children. The manifesto was clear that we will introduce measures to ensure age verification, and I hope that we will bring those forward very soon in legislation in the next Session.