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Petition by Margaret Forbes  
 
Open Petitions - Petition PE1169  
Petition by Margaret Forbes, on behalf of Scottish Women Against Pornography, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce and enforce measures that ensure that magazines and newspapers containing sexually graphic covers are not displayed at children's eye-level or below or adjacent to children's titles and comics and should be screen sleeved before being placed on the shelf.  
Petitioner: Margaret Forbes  
On behalf of: Scottish Women Against Pornography 
Number of signatures: 568  
Date lodged: 12 June 2008  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1169 
Summary:

Written Submissions for PE1169  

Written Questions for PE1169  

24 June 2008 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, National Federation of Retail Newsagents, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Scottish Retail Consortium seeking responses to the issues raised in the petition. Link to Official Report 24 June 2008 

16 December 2008 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to the specific points raised during the meeting. Link to Official Report 16 December 2008 

3 March 2009 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to the specific points raised during the meeting.<Link to Official Report 3 March 2009  

2 June 2009 :   The Committee agreed to invite the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People to give evidence to the Committee on the issues raised in the petition. <Link to Official Report 2 June 2009  

6 October 2009 :   The Committee took evidence from Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Tam Baillie, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People and agreed to invite the Clerk to prepare a paper setting out options for further consideration of this petition.<Link to Official Report 6 October 2009 

3 November 2009 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to specific points and to consider the scope for research being undertaken into the issues raised in the petition. <Link to Official Report 3 November 2009 

15 December 2009 :   The Committee agreed to invite SPICe to prepare a scoping paper for consideration on taking forward research into issues raised in the petition. <Link to Official Report 15 December 2009 

9 February 2010 :   The Committee agreed to invite the Scottish Parliament Information Centre and the Clerk to prepare a research scope on the issues raised in the petition. <Link to Official Report 9 February 2010 

20 April 2010 :   The Committee agreed to defer a decision on whether to carry out its own research in this area until such time as the Home Office responds to the recommendations made in the Papadopoulos report on the "Sexualisation of Young People Review". It also agreed to write to the Scottish Government and the Home Office seeking a response to specific points. <Link to Official Report 20 April 2010 

29 June 2010 :   The Committee agreed to write to Home Secretary seeking a response to specific points. <Link to Official Report 26 June 2010  

9 November 2010 :   The Committee agreed to invite the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to give oral evidence at its meeting on 7 December. It also agreed to consider taking forward a small scale research project on this issue.  

7 December 2010 :   The Committee agreed to take forward a small scale research project on this issue, carried out across newsagents, supermarkets and other retailers to examine the operation and level of compliance with the voluntary guidelines which currently exist and to submit this proposal to the Convener's Group for consideration at its meeting on 16 December 2010. Link to Official Report 7 December 2010" 

8 March 2011 :   The Committee took evidence from David Primrose, Director, George Street Research Ltd, and Graham Ross, Scottish Parliament Information Centre, and agreed to forward to the Scottish Government a copy of the research report on "Compliance with guidelines on the display of sexually graphic magazines" it had commissioned. The Committee further agreed to publish this research report and to forward a copy to Sarah Teather MP, Minister of State (Children and Families) at the Department for Education to feed into the independent review of the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood. In addition, it agreed to invite, in its legacy paper, the Session 4 Public Petitions Committee to give further consideration to the petition. Link to Official Report 8 March 2011" 

 
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