HC Deb 26 January 1956 vol 548 cc349-50
22. Mr. Awbery

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that goods purchased on the hire system have been reclaimed after most of the price has been paid and the regular payments continued because the purchaser has sold the article; and if he will introduce legislation to protect such people where the required conditions regarding periodic payments are being carried out.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

A hirer has no right to dispose of goods which he is acquiring on hire-purchase without obtaining the permission of the owner and can claim no protection if he does so.

Mr. Awbery

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a case came before a court recently where a man had paid 75 per cent. of the cost of an article, and it had been confiscated because he sold it to someone else, although he was prepared to continue the periodical payments for the article?

Mr. Thorneycroft

I am aware of these difficulties, but a man really ought not to sell what does not belong to him.