Clause 3. — (Procedure After Sale.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Disposal of Uncollected Goods Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th June 1952.

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Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South 12:00 am, 27th June 1952

I beg to move, in page 4, to leave out line 34. and to insert: (c) where the goods are sold by public auction, the name and principal place of business of the auctioneer, and where they are sold otherwise than by public auction and the gross proceeds of the sale thereof are not less than twenty shillings, the name and address of the buyer. This Amendment provides that, where goods are sold by public auction, the trader must keep a record of the name and principal place of business of the auctioneer, and, where they are sold privately and for more than 20s., the name and address of the buyer.

The Bill, as amended in the Committee, requires the trader to keep the name and address of the buyer in all cases. This provision was designed to enable the customer to be satisfied as to the price received for his goods. Where the goods are sold by auction, it is very difficult for a trader to ascertain the name and address of the buyer, and there is no point in his doing so, since the amount received for the goods will appear in the records of the auctioneer. Where the goods are sold privately, it would be quite unreasonable to expect a trader to obtain the name and address of the buyer where the sum realised is small, and, in such circumstances, the buyer might well object to giving his name and address.