HC Deb 18 January 1971 vol 809 cc510-1
28. Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will introduce legislation to require vendors of motor vehicles to provide written particulars to purchasers of their rights under the Sale of Goods Act, 1893.

Mr. Ridley

No, Sir. The application of this Act to a specific transaction depends too heavily on the particular circumstances for such a requirement to be helpful to the ordinary purchaser.

Mr. Greville Janner

Is the Minister aware that vast numbers of car buyers, especially buyers of secondhand cars, unwittingly give away their Sale of Goods Act rights in return for something much less, under spurious guarantees or warranties? Will the Government undertake to promote legislation to deal with this very common problem?

Mr. Ridley

I am glad that the hon. Gentleman accepts that if there is legislation it should be legislation to deal with the problem as a whole and not just in relation to motor cars. Legislation in this Session is still possible, but I cannot yet make a firm promise of that.