Domestic Appliances: Sales

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 5th April 2018.

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Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Labour, Poplar and Limehouse

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure more effective controls on the sale of recalled electrical goods online; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Griffiths Andrew Griffiths Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Existing safety legislation already applies to on-line sales including sales of second hand electrical goods. Online retailers are responsible for ensuring that their goods meet the legal safety requirements and are not subject to a recall or other corrective action.

The Government recognises the challenge in applying and enforcing legislation to online sales, where consumers can import goods directly from outside the UK. On 21st January 2018 the Government announced the creation of a new Office for Product Safety and Standards which will help the UK to meet the evolving challenges of product safety by responding to the increasing rate of product innovation, the growth in online shopping and expanding international trade.

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