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Detergent Packets

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th March 1968.

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Photo of Mr Lewis Carter-Jones Mr Lewis Carter-Jones , Eccles 12:00 am, 13th March 1968

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will intoduce legislation to define "small", "medium", "large", "giant", "family" and "king" as used on packets by detergent manufacturers; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter

Further legislation is not necessary as these packets are already required to be marked with their weight.

Photo of Mr Lewis Carter-Jones Mr Lewis Carter-Jones , Eccles

I thank my hon. Friend for giving me information which I already knew. Would she realise that this "Alice in Wonderland" language is quite absurd? New heights have been reached in the past three weeks or so. "Half a pound for free" is not for free. Does the Board of Trade propose to allow this situation to continue?

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter

Nobody sympathises more than I do with the housewife in trying to sort out the various detergents. I am sure that my hon. Friend would like to know that the whole question of packaging in specified weights is still under discussion.