Clause 1

Part of Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 10 February 2010.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley 4:30, 10 February 2010

May I, too, say what a delight it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Betts? I congratulate the hon. Member for Cardiff, North on introducing this private Member’s Bill. I have had a few of them in my time, and managed to get one on to the statute book. That was achieved quickly, because there was general support from both sides of the House, and I hope that that will be the case with this Bill. There are only a few weeks to go before the general election, and I hope that with the general support for the measure, the powers that be will ensure that it is expeditiously dealt with, and that it will be enacted in the name of the hon. Lady, to whom I pay tribute.

Members of the Committee will be able to tell from my appearance that I have never used a sunbed in my life. I am not therefore a huge expert on sunbeds, although I know about them from what I have read in newspapers and from what I have heard from people with whom I have spoken in the past. I believe that the legislation is absolutely necessary. The hon. Lady mentioned the sale of sunbeds. Despite the fact that the Bill does not cover their sale, I hope that their producers will give sufficient advice to the people who buy them—I assume that parents and adults normally buy the beds—on their use. Indeed, advice and guidance should recommend that, if the purchasers have children in their house, the sunbeds should not be used by anyone under the age of 18 in that non-commercial premises. The more information that we can give people about the harmful effects of sunbeds on youngsters, the better our younger generation will be protected.

I will do anything I can to help expedite the matter. Many members of the Committee have businesses in their constituencies that offer sunbed treatment and, if used properly, there is no case for concern. However, I hope that the Bill will be enacted so that we can better protect children in our constituencies and throughout the country. Moreover, I hope that the Bill will become the standard not only for this country, but for countries around the world.