In 2016 there was a decrease in the number of explicit pornographic works submitted to the BBFC. The 476 works in 2016 represents
an a 19% decrease on 2015, ending the trend of year-on-year increases that had taken place over the preceding three years.
The proportion of R18works subject to cuts in 2016 was 35%, an increase of 22% over the previous year. This continues to reflect the BBFC's strict policies on material which combines sexual detail with activity which is
illegal, harmful, abusive or involves a lack of consent or the infliction of pain or injury. [The BBFC have misleadingly omitted some of the more trivial reasons for cuts from this list, such as use of the word teen, dialogue
references to incest, squirting and gagging].