Consumer Protection (Committee)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd April 1959.

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Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South 12:00 am, 23rd April 1959

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is now in a position to make a statement on the proposal made by the Consumer Advisory Council of the British Standards Institution that an independent national body representing every aspect of consumer interest should be established.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

The proposal of the Consumer Advisory Council will come within the terms of reference of the Committee to be set up to consider questions of consumer protection.

Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South

As there is considerable interest in this matter in the House and outside, in trade generally and the consumer organisations, will the President answer one general question? Will he say what he means by a departmental committee? Is it a committee composed entirely of civil servants or with a civil servant at its head, or will it have power to co-opt?

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

It will not have any, civil servants. The name is a regular name for a committee of distinguished men and women, but not a Royal Commission.