British Standards Institution

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st January 1958.

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Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Erith and Crayford 12:00 am, 21st January 1958

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps his Department is taking to encourage the maximum success of the British Standards Institution's publication, "Shopper's Guide," which gives advice to shoppers on the merits and failings of consumer goods.

Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is now in a position to make a statement concerning the possible enlargement of the grant made to the British Standards Institution; and whether any additional sum is now given for the work of its Consumer Advisory Council and the publication of "Shopper's Guide."

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

The general grant to the British Standards Institution will in the 1958–59 financial year probably amount to £150,000, an increase of £10,000 on the current financial year's general grant. In addition to this general grant, the Board of Trade has in the current financial year given the British Standards Institution £10,000 specifically for the extension of its work on consumer protection: this now includes "Shopper's Guide." It is for the Institution to decide the best way of promoting the success of this publication. I cannot make any statement about renewal of the additional grant.

Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Erith and Crayford

I thank the Minister for that Answer, but is not he aware that in one way and another the consumer is getting a very bad deal in this country? Does the Minister think that we will get a reduction short of having a Minister of Consumers' Welfare?