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House of Lords written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox Shadow Minister, Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What mechanisms they will put in place to ensure that the Office of Fair Trading and Trading Standards actively pursue prosecutions in cases of misleading packaging; and whether they will in future put on record the number of actions taken each year against misleading packaging.

Photo of Baroness Vadera Baroness Vadera Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

Enforcement policies are an operational matter for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and Trading Standards.

The OFT will publish on its website the outcome of civil enforcement taken by the enforcement authorities to stop breaches of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs). The department would use this information as part of the evidence to assess levels of consumer detriment caused by misleading packaging in its review on whether businesses should be given the power to take civil enforcement action to stop breaches of the CPRs.

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