Pre-Packed Goods (Weights and Quantities)

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1967.

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Photo of Mr Francis Noel-Baker Mr Francis Noel-Baker , Swindon 12:00 am, 22nd November 1967

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in drafting legislation in consumer protection, he will seek to ensure that goods of common consumption including confectionery, cosmetics, soap and detergents can be sold only in recognised quantities, in order to prevent concealed price increases.

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter

The Weights and Measures Act, 1963, already requires indications of quantity on nearly all pre-packed articles of these kinds unless the quantities are very small. A price increase cannot, therefore, be concealed.

Photo of Mr Francis Noel-Baker Mr Francis Noel-Baker , Swindon

Does my hon. Friend agree that the exceptions are very important to the housewife, and will she look at the matter again?

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter

I agree that it is very aggravating when small amounts are involved, but at present there is no likelihood of this question being re-examined.

Photo of Mr Eric Lubbock Mr Eric Lubbock , Orpington

In view of the requirement that the price of goods should be displayed on the pack, will the hon. Lady also consider making a requirement that the price per unit should be shown, so that the housewife can compare similar goods sold in different pack sizes?

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter

The matter of how packs are marked is being examined, because there is the whole question of changing to the metric system.