Trade Practices (Inquiries)

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th December 1977.

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Photo of Mr Tom Arnold Mr Tom Arnold , Hazel Grove 12:00 am, 5th December 1977

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what general principles he observes in asking the Office of Fair Trading to undertake inquiries into trade practices.

Photo of Mr John Fraser Mr John Fraser , Lambeth Norwood

I have made no such requests to the Office of Fair Trading.

Photo of Mr Tom Arnold Mr Tom Arnold , Hazel Grove

Would the Minister of State confirm that statements of ministerial disapproval about particular trade practices do not necessarily have any basis in law?

Photo of Mr John Fraser Mr John Fraser , Lambeth Norwood

The statements have no basis in law but are a useful basis for considering legislation, particularly when such practices are dishonest, unfair, deceitful and confusing.