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    B931 - Photographic Image and Modelling Bill 2016, TSR Green Party

    Photographic Image and Modelling Bill 2016

    A bill to combat mental health issues amongst young people specifically relating to self-image

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    1. Definitions:

    A.‘Excessively underweight’ for the purposes of this Bill shall be defined as having a BMI of below 17
    B. A ‘minor’ for the purposes of this Bill shall be defined as a person of age 14 years or below.
    C A 'Model' is s person employed or paid a fee for appearing in a public place or at a venue for specifically wearing clothes by a person or company, who may be expected to walk or otherwise display the clothes.

    2. Underweight Models

    A. From the date of introduction it will be illegal for modelling agencies to hire excessively underweight models.
    B. It will now be compulsory for agencies to carry out BMI checks on all of their models.
    C. Any agency found to have hired an excessively underweight model will be liable to pay a fine of up to £90,000 per excessively underweight model with the proceeds of these fines to be paid to fund existing NHS support for people suffering from eating disorders.
    D. Agencies will have 9 months from the implementation of this Bill to ensure that all of their current models comply with these new regulations before facing the previously mentioned £90,000 fine.
    E. Failure to pay this fine will result in the offending organisation’s manager being liable for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 6 months detention at her majesties pleasure.
    F. This section of the Bill shall be punishable from May 1st 2016 giving fashion houses enough time to prepare for London fashion week in September.

    3. Publications targeted at Minors.

    A. It shall now be compulsory for all magazines/publications to provide the government with information on their reader’s age demographic.
    B. And publication found to have a demographic of 30% or more minors will be to ensure that no images are digitally altered to cut out any blemishes in a models skin or to make their body shape appear altered. Publishers should be ready to provide original pictures in order to prove that these rules are being followed.
    C. Any failure to prove that the photographs are not enhanced in the aforementioned ways will result in a fine of up to £500,000 and the pulling out of circulation of this publication until this fine has been paid. Repeat offenders (where the rules have been broken on more than 3 occasions in 6 months) shall have their publications banned for a period of 6 months.
    D. It will now also be compulsory for all publications/magazines that are able to clearly demonstrate that their demographic is not 30% or more minors to clearly label all photographs that have been digitally altered as section 3b refers to. Failure to do this will result in the same sanctions as mentioned in 3C.

    4. Title and Implementation of the Bill

    A. This Bill shall be known as the Photographic Image and Modelling Bill 2016
    B. This Bill will take effect for all organisations that operate in the United Kingdom.
    C. This Bill will take effect from the date of Royal Assent of the Bill but the sanctions and punishments will not come into effect until 1st May 2016.

    Notes: The purpose of this bill is to combat the unprecedented rises in mental health problems (‘http://www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk
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