Video Recordings: Young People

Home Department written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many test purchases relating to the sale of video works to under age persons (a) were undertaken and (b) led to prosecution in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

Both the police and Trading Standards can routinely conduct test purchases locally in line with local operational priorities. These details are not centrally collated by the Home Office, so no records of all such test purchases are available.

Data held centrally on prosecutions cannot separately identify "test purchases" or criminal proceedings brought before court as a result of "test purchase" operations.

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