Consumers: Protection

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Shadow Minister (Europe)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the UK objectives are in (a) the development of consumer policy at EU level and (b) the simplification of the regulatory framework of EU consumer protection law.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The UK supports the development of EU consumer policies that promote the benefits to consumers of competitive markets, innovation and cross-border shopping, together with effective protection, enforcement and redress.

The UK objectives of the consumer protection law review are to secure real simplification of the consumer framework in line with Better Regulation principles, boosting consumer and business confidence in the Single Market and increasing consumer choice.

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