asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development if he will take steps to require the licensing of all businesses calling at homes for the purpose of sales for gain with requisite exemptions in respect of milk, bread, laundry and similar businesses.
Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that a great deal of anxiety exists about the malpractices of a small section of these people, and that registration of businesses rather than individuals doing the work would, on the whole, cause no anxiety or trouble to the businesses concerned?
I realise the deepening public anxiety about this problem. The Molony Committee examined it, and decided that registration or licensing was not practicable. But the Consumer Council took this as one of the first three subjects for immediate consideration after it was formed, and I will therefore await is findings on the matter.