Newspaper Press: Retail Trade

Education written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's policy is on the easy visibility and access for children to overly sexualised and graphic magazines and periodicals in retail stores.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

In December 2010 the Government commissioned Reg Bailey, the chief executive of Mothers' Union, to carry out a review of the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood. He published his report, ‘Letting Children be Children’, in June 2011. The Government welcomed Mr Bailey's analysis and the thrust of all the recommendations he made, including that newspapers and magazines with sexualised images on their covers should not be displayed in easy sight of children. We welcome the action taken by publishers, distributors and retailers to promote the observance of the industry code of practice on the display of these magazines.

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