The BSA appeared in front of the Commerce Select Committee last week for their annual financial review. They had undertaken a survey during the year called Watching the Watchers that indicated, amongst other things, that parents relied on the watershed of 8.30pm to know when the content shifted to adult themes. I asked them what they were doing to respond to this in light of the adult content of many of the soaps – including Coronation Street – which screened before the watershed. They said they could only act on complaints. I asked them who was responsible for setting the watershed time – they said it was negotiated between them and the broadcasters – they didn’t think the broadcasters would want to change it. I wasn’t the only MP who thought that this was a concern. The reporting of this has been interesting. For the record I didn’t complain about the content of Coronation Street - I used to watch it many years ago – I stated that its content was no longer suitable for children. And for that I have received overwhelming support from teachers & family counsellors, but most importantly from the parents of children, about the wider issue of what children are exposed to. Everyone agrees that it is up to the parents to screen what their children watch, but I keep coming back to the fact that the BSA survey has highlighted that parents rely on the threshold and it is unreliable when you look at the adult themes these popular soaps deal with today. The Select Committee will report back to Parliament in the next week or so – I am sure we will be commenting on what is a highly complex issue.