Motion to Approve the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 (Wales) Regulations 2011

2011 Mawrth 29 3:32 PM
Gan Peter Black
Cyhoeddwyd yn wreiddiol gan Peter Black a Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Gorllewin De Cymru

Peter Black: I wish to support these regulations. I was a member of the Health, Wellbeing and Local Government Committee when it was looking at this issue. The evidence that came before us was overwhelmingly in favour of regulation of this sort. Certainly, cases came to me from my constituents about young teenagers being badly burned on unsupervised sunbeds in shops in my area. These regulations are long overdue. Like the Minister, I wish to express my gratitude to the former MP for Cardiff North who introduced the Bill, which, once enacted as an Act of Parliament, enabled these regulations to be made.

My only regret is that we have to wait until October until we can do away with unsupervised salons altogether. It seems that they are the biggest problem because, if there is no supervision, it is very difficult to enforce the provision that prevents under-18s from using sunbeds. I understand that the delay was put in as a sop to the industry to give it time to adapt, but we need to get that provision in place as soon as possible. The sooner we do away with unsupervised sunbed salons the better and the easier it will be to engage in an information campaign on the fact that acquiring a tan in that way, rather than from a bottle, is not good for you at all and that there are other ways to look healthy, if you consider a tan to be healthy. As someone who never tans, I have never really got this concept, but that impression needs to be overcome through a proper education campaign.

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