§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
I would refer the hon. Member to what my hon. and learned Friend the Parliamentary Secretary said during the debate on the D Scheme for furniture on 21st January on the question of quality standards and the progress which had been made by the British Standards Institution, in consultation with the industry, in producing British standards for furniture.
§ Mr. Thorneycroft
If the hon. Lady would study the speech made by my hon. and learned Friend on this occasion, she will find that that question was very fully dealt with. I do not accept the suggestion that furniture manufacturers are placing a lot of shoddy goods in the shops.
§ 17. Miss Burton
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will introduce legislation making it compulsory for all furniture to be marked with the name and address of the manufacturers.
§ Miss Burton
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the furniture trade unions are very much in favour of this, and could he not agree that the customer who buys furniture in the shop should have some redress if he is unfortunate enough to make a bad buy?
I have given some consideration to these proposals, and I have come to the conclusion that their adoption would be quite contrary to the general policy of getting voluntary arrangements for the marking of goods on quality standards.