LONDON (Reuters) – Retailers who sell children violent or pornographic videos will be immune from prosecution for the next three months after the discovery of a government blunder 25 years ago.
Britain should have notified the European Commission of the existence of the Video Recordings Act 1984 (VRA) -- which regulated the industry -- but failed to do so.
"Unfortunately, the discovery of this omission means that, a quarter of a century later, the VRA is no longer enforceable against individuals in United Kingdom courts," said Barbara Follett, Minister for Culture and Tourism.
Follett said people currently being prosecuted under the act would not be convicted until a new act can take legal effect in three months, the period required for consultation with other EU member states.
In the interim, people will be able to sell pornographic and violent videos to children under the age of 18 without fear of prosecution.
Think of the tourist trade! I can just see kids being asked by their parents, "So, Little Johnny, where do you want to go for your holidays? Disneyland? Six Flags?"
"Can we go to England instead?"
"Of course, that would give you a great education!"
"That's the idea, dad"
[Edited 2009-08-25 13:40:43]