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Sunbed bill clears Lords unopposed

Legislation banning under-18s from tanning salons in England and Wales is a step closer after the proposal won cross-party support in the House of Lords.

The Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill, which gained an unopposed second reading in the chamber, aims to combat the increasing prevalence of skin cancer by forcing salon operators to regulate their services and giving councils the power to impose heavy fines on those establishments that flout regulations.

It would also require salons to display clear health information on the dangers of sunbed use.

Crossbencher Lady Finlay, a cancer specialist, said: "This is a Bill that would protect our children. It is necessary, workable and enforceable. This is a Bill that could save lives."

Scotland already has a sunbed law in place. Ministers in Northern Ireland have also recently announced plans to follow suit.

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