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Video Games Bill

Video Games Bill






amend the Video Recordings Act 1984 to extend certain provisions of that Act

to video games and to make provision about the labelling of video games. 

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—


Amendment of the Video Recordings Act 1984


The Video Recordings Act 1984 (c. 39) is amended as follows.


In section 2 (exempted works), subsection (1)(c) shall cease to have effect.


In section 8 (requirements as to labelling, etc.), after subsection (2), insert—


Regulations under this section shall, in particular, make provision—



about the size of a label on any spool, case or other thing in

which a video game is kept,


about the prominence to be accorded to the classification in

relation to age of the video game on such a label,


requiring the inclusion in such a label in relation to a video


game to which subsection (2B) applies of such textual

information as may be prescribed in the regulations.


This subsection applies to video games which, in the opinion of the

designated authority, have the potential to cause harm to viewers or,

through their behaviour, to society, by the manner in which the work


deals with—


criminal behaviour;


illegal drugs;


violent behaviour or incidents;


horrific behaviour or incidents; or



human sexual activity.


The provisions of section 4A(2) apply for the purposes of the

interpretation of this section as they apply for the purposes of the

interpretation of that section.”

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Video Games Bill




The Schedule (which contains repeals) has effect.


Short title and commencement


This Act may be cited as the Video Games Act 2006.


This Act comes into force at the end of a period of two months beginning with

the date on which it is passed.



Video Games Bill
Schedule — Repeals




Section 1(4)




Short title and chapter

Extent of repeal


Video Recordings Act 1984

In section 2(1)—


(c. 39)


the word “or” after paragraph (b), and





paragraph (c).





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