Keith Vaz calls for parliamentary debate on harmful effects of games

Friday, 9 December 2011 01:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

British MP Keith Vaz has called on parliament to revisit the issue of potential negative effects of gaming on children.

“Could we have a debate next week about the harmful effects of violent video games?” Vaz asked assembled politicians, as recorded in the House of Commons Hansard.

“At a time when parents are thinking of purchasing video games for Christmas, does the right hon. Gentleman not think that it is important to hold a debate on this matter? This is not about censorship—it is about protecting our children,” he added.

The Leicester East MP brought up recent research by the University of Indiana to back up his request. As Spong points out, DailyTech discovered the study in question had been funded by an anti-gaming pressure group.

Sir George Young responded by promising to bring the matter to the attention of the Home Secretary, but wouldn’t commit to a debate.

Vaz has acquired a reputation for doggedly pursuing stricter policies on game content.