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Electronic Equipment: Safety

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what checks his Department requires to be carried out on the safety of electrical goods which are sold by retailers; what his Department's policy is on such goods being sold below cost; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The sale of electrical goods is regulated by the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 which require all new electrical goods brought into the supply chain to be safe products to be sold in the market. The Department does not require any specific checks; however responsibility for complying with the regulation is placed on all parties in the supply chain including the manufacturer or the importer into the European economic area. Subject to compliance with competition law, the prices an enterprise charges for its goods and services is a commercial matter for the enterprise concerned.

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