The British film censors who deemed Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds suitable for children under the age of 12 are under fire - and the UK's Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell is being urged to reveal the panel's identities.

Censors gave director STEVEN SPIELBERG's TOM CRUISE-starring blockbuster a 12A rating, meaning under 12s can attend the movie if accompanied by an adult.

Some Members Of Parliament (MPs) are outraged by the rating and although the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) refuse to identify the 30 people responsible, politicians insist the public have a right to know who is making decisions which directly affect them and their children.

MIKE PENNING, a Conservative MP, says, "I cannot see why, if they are making these decisions on our behalf, we cannot know what sort of background they have and what sort of people they are.

"I would be concerned to think that children aged 12 and under could be watching a film with scenes of violence and I will be asking the Secretary Of State (CHARLES CLARKE) to explain why this list of names is secret."

01/07/2005 10:16