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Video Recordings Act defect put right

21 January 2010

The legal defect that prevented retailers being prosecuted for selling violent or pornographic films and computer games to under-18s has been cured.

It was discovered last year that the Video Recordings Act 1984 was unenforceable because the Government of the day failed to notify the European Commission of its content as required by the Technical Standards Directive.

Now a bill passed by the House of Lords in a single day yesterday, and which went through the Commons two weeks ago, is to come into force today to plug the gap. It is not retrospective but ministers believe that convictions under the old law will stand.

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