An Adjournment Debate initiated by the Performers’ Alliance Parliamentary Group supported by PACT was held in Westminster Hall on 4th December. It was opened by Labour MP Neil Gerrard and all parties were represented. The debate ranged over all the Ofcom options and though there were differences in interpretation between the parties there was consensus that action needed to be taken to protect children’s programming in the UK.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Culture Media and Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe, responded to the debate. He agreed there were issues to be taken forward: “When respected industry figures such as Anna Home and Floella Benjamin and others speak we have to listen and take the issue seriously”. However he did