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.
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.
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?