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Keith Vaz calls for debate on harmful effects of violent games

"This is not about censorship - it is about protecting our children"

Keith Vaz, anti-games campaigner and Labour MP for Leicester East, recently requested that the House of Commons hold a debate on the harmful effects of violent games.

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"Last week, the university of Indiana published research that showed that regularly playing those games resulted in physical changes in the brain," he said in the House of Commons on December 1.

"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."

House of Lords leader Sir George Young responded "I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman, and I know that this is an issue that he has pursued with vigour for some time.

"I cannot promise a debate next week. Home Office questions, I think, will be held on 12 December, but in the meantime I will draw his concern to the attention of the Home Secretary."

Last month, Vaz tabled an Early Day Motion calling for the BBFC to tighten its rating restrictions. He also used it to link terrorist activities in Modern Warfare 3 with the July 7, 2005 London bombings.

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