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Vaz asks questions of Byron Report

British MP Keith Vaz has asked questions of Beverly Hughes, secretary of state for children, schools and families with regard to the Byron Report.

British MP Keith Vaz has asked questions of Beverly Hughes, secretary of state for children, schools and families with regard to the Byron Report.

Specifically, he's been keen to find out exactly what form the government study into the effect of on-screen activity on children will take, and how the information will be gathered.

According to a report on GamePolitics the questions asked what process will be followed by the online review, which groups and organisations have been approached to take part, when are the results expected to be published, and are there any other methods of data collection to be used other than the online questionnaire.

Hughes responded by saying "The reviewâ¦will consider the evidence on the risks to children and young people from inappropriate or harmful content in video games and the internet and assess the effectiveness and adequacy of existing measures to protect them and support parents."

"An open call for evidence was published by Dr. Byron on October 9, running until 30 November 2007â¦A children and young people's call for evidence is due out in week commencing October 22 and will be promoted through a wide range of media platforms (including social networking sites and online debates)."

"The Byron Review will draw upon a wide range of existing evidence, including published commentary and research literature, and will undertake some further research. Dr. Byron and her team will continue to meet with key stakeholdersâ¦The final Byron report is due in March, 2008."

Tanya Byron will be speaking at an ELSPA forum next week as part of the London Games Festival.

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