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I thank the Home Secretary for drawing my attention to that reply. Can he say whether discussions with the trade on this matter have already started, and can he forecast how soon he will be able to report to the House on the possibility of making regulations under the Consumer Protection Act, 1961?
I have already sent a letter, following my announcement last week, to 26 associations of manufacturers and distributors. I have asked for their early replies and indicated my intention of arranging a meeting to consider the position in the light of their replies in the next week or two.