HC Deb 17 December 1979 vol 976 cc8-9
10. Mr. John Hunt

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will seek to repeal the Hairdressers (Registration) Act 1964.

The Under-Secretary of State for Trade (Mr. Reginald Eyre)

No, Sir.

Mr. Hunt

Will my hon. Friend look urgently into the affairs of the Hairdressing Council? Is he aware of the proposal to replace it by a body quite outside the terms of the 1964 Act? Is not this, coming on top of the police inquiries into the financial affairs of the Hairdressing Council, yet another indication of gross irregularity in the conduct of the council's affairs, and would it not be far more sensible to allocate responsibility for training and registration to either the joint training council or the National Hairdressers' Federation?

Mr. Eyre

As my hon. Friend knows, the Act was introduced as a Private Member's Bill. Under the terms of the Act, my Department has no power to intervene in the running of the council. I shall consider all the other points that my hon. Friend has raised and write to him.

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