HC Deb 10 May 1971 vol 817 c27
39. Mrs. Doris Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the powers which weights and measures departments of local authorities have to investigate complaints concerning gold and silver articles, since the coming into force of the Trade Descriptions Act 1968.

Mr. Ridley

Section 28 of the Act confers powers of entry, inspection and seizure for ascertaining, whether offences against the Act—including false indications of testing, approval, composition and date of manufacture—have been committed.

Mrs. Fisher

As the assay offices now do all the merchandise marking and consumer protection in the gold and silver trades for local authorities, will the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that under the new legislation they will continue to safeguard the consumers?

Mr. Ridley

Who will be enforcing the new hallmarking legislation has not yet been finally decided, but we shall certainly bear the hon. Lady's comments in mind before reaching a decision.