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Online Pornography: Age Verification - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:55 am on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat 11:55 am, 17th October 2019

My Lords, I am bitterly disappointed by this Statement. We are letting our children down. By the Government’s own statistics, every month that passes without legislation, 1.4 million children access pornography unintentionally. Research by the BBFC found that 80% of parents want robust age-verification controls in place. I understand the BBFC could implement this new regime straightaway, so can the Minister tell me why we have this delay, why we are letting our children down and why we are not putting age gates in place straightaway? Children are being affected and traumatised at this very moment.