Consumer Protection Officers (Powers)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th April 1976.

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Mr. Alan Williams:

I should have thought that the Opposition when in government must have considered that point of view, as we have. But the trading standards officers are already working heavily in following through the consumer protection legislation which we recently passed. I have not received many representations from them for extra work. Indeed, if anything, their representations have been to the effect that they are now working pretty heavily. In any case, it could detract from their other work on the consumer protection front and overlap with the work of the Price Commission. I am therefore afraid that I can hold out no hope of such a change: I am sorry.