Door-to-Door Sales (Licensing of Businesses)

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry, Trade and Regional Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd July 1964.

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Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle 12:00 am, 23rd July 1964

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.

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

I understand that the Consumer Council is considering this matter, and I await its views with interest.

Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle

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?

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

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.