§ 3. Mr. Winterbottom
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the doorstep sales methods used by representatives of a certain publishing company, whose name has been sent to him, to persuade householders, by false or misleading statements, to sign contracts for the purchase of books by instalments; and what he will do to stop these practices.
§ Mr. Darling
I have read recent Press reports. If these are correct, the Misrepresentation Bill now before Parliament would strengthen the buyer's position in civil law, and the Protection of Consumers (Trade Descriptions) Bill, which my right hon. Friend intends to introduce as soon as possible, would make some of these practices a criminal offence.