The Labour MP who launched a House of Commons protest about Safeway’s
‘Harry and Molly’ ads is to seek curbs on the use of children in TV
Tony Banks plans to table an amendment to the Broadcasting Bill, now
going through Parliament, aimed at tightening up the Independent
Television Commission’s code of practice.
Banks said: ‘I will try to find a suitable amendment that would tighten
the rules on the use of children in advertising. I will certainly give
it a shot.’
He hopes his proposed amendment will be debated when the bill reaches
its expected report stage in the Commons next month.
The left-wing MP has been encouraged by the cross-party support he has
received for his Commons motion deploring the Bates Dorland ads
(Campaign, 24 May). The motion has now been signed by 23 Labour MPs, as
well as the Conservative backbencher, Harry Greenway, and the Ulster
Unionist MP, the Reverend Martin Smyth.
Greenway said: ‘This is an abuse of children and is unacceptable. It
could be the thin end of a very nasty wedge.’
The supermarket chain has rejected Banks’ criticisms.