asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will increase the present grant to the Consumer Council, in order that it should be able to provide a more effective and comprehensive service to the public, particularly in action as a watch over advertising.
Although there is need for economy, does my hon. Friend agree that it is very important to have an independent scrutiny of advertising, and that what the Council has done so far with its limited resources has been very useful?
Would it not give much needed protection to the consumer if the Consumer Council could watch over the Government's advertising policies? Is not the need for this shown by the Government's recent appointment of 113 extra Press officers?
Part of the Government's advertising costs are incurred in making efforts to get employment into the development areas, which I think is a very sensible way of spending money.