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Sunbeds Bill backers have anxious wait.

CAMPAIGNERS fighting for a ban on unmanned tanning salons face a nervous wait to see whether a Welsh MP's Bill will become law.

The Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill has been listed as the last item of business in the House of Lords' wash-up session before the general election.

Its hopes of becoming law rest on whether it is passed tomorrow. It has enjoyed cross-party support in the Lords to date.

The Bill, which was introduced by Cardiff North MP Julie Morgan, would also ban under-18s from using sunbeds, bringing England and Wales into line with Scotland.

It would ensure that all tanning salons provide comprehensive information about the health risks associated with using sunbeds.

Mrs Morgan introduced the Private Member's Bill earlier this year amid growing concern about the number of children using sunbeds.

It followed the Western Mail's reports of 14-year-old Kirsty McRae and 10-year-old Kelly Thompson, both of whom were treated in hospital for first-degree burns after they used coin-operated sunbeds.

Leading medical experts have called for a ban on under-18s using sunbeds, highlighting that users can easily expose themselves to high levels of UV radiation equivalent in strength to the midday Mediterranean sun.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Apr 7, 2010
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