Advertising Standards Authority — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 29th June 2015.

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Photo of Lord Smith of Finsbury Lord Smith of Finsbury Non-affiliated 3:00 pm, 29th June 2015

My Lords, as chairman of the ASA, can I ask the Minister if she agrees that, taken as a whole, the ASA’s work is a good and effective example of self-regulation and co-regulation? Last year the authority dealt with 37,000 complaints about 17,000 advertisements, and its work resulted in almost 3,500 ads being changed or withdrawn. While of course we will never get absolutely everything right, we have a strong and independent review process in place which in fact worked very effectively in relation to the case brought by the noble Baroness herself.