Stephen McPartland – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Ministry of Justice

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Stephen McPartland on 2015-10-09.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Obscene Publications Act 1959 to remove the time limit for prosecution of obscene publications; and if he will make a statement.

Mike Penning

The offence of publishing an obscene article under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 is triable either way, with a maximum custodial penalty of six months on summary conviction or five years on conviction on indictment. The Government has no current plans to amend it but is happy to consider relevant evidence.