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Film: Classification Schemes

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 902129, tabled on 1 July 2021

What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the classification guidelines used by the British Board of Film Classification.

Answered on

1 July 2021

The Government has great trust in the BBFC best practice age ratings. The BBFC’s Classification Guidelines are based on consultations every 4-5 years with experts and over 10,000 members of the public. This ensures the guidelines remain in step with societal standards and parental expectations. More information on the guides themselves can be found on the BBFC’s website.

In addition, the latest public consultation in 2019 showed 83% of parents trust BBFC age ratings all or most of the time.

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