§ 28. Mr. Gordon Walker
asked the Minister of Power whether he will introduce regulations to compel petrol companies to exhibit the octane-content of the grades of petrol on sale to the public.
§ Mr. Gordon Walker
I thank my hon. Friend for that reply, but would he not agree that motorists, like other consumers, have a right to be sure what they are buying for their money? Is he aware that there is a company in my own constituency which does publish the octane content? It has found it perfectly possible to control the octane content? Is my hon. Friend aware that if one wants to—there may be companies which do not want to—one can control the octane content of petrol on sale?
§ Dr. Bray
My right hon. Friend will recall that a Bill—the Protection of Consumers (Trade Descriptions) Bill—was introduced in the previous Parliament. It is the intention of the Government to produce a similar Bill as soon as possible. However, I do not think petrol companies will not co-operate with my right hon. Friend in the way I have suggested.
§ Mr. Wingfield Digby
Are we to assume, then, that there is at present no significant difference between the products of the various companies?