§ Mr. Marples
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the nature of each proposal for a definition and a marking order under Sections 7 and 8 of the Trade Descriptions Act, 1968 which, on 16th February, was under consideration, had consideration deferred pending further developments, and rejected, respectively; by whom, in each case, the proposal was made; and what, in the case of those rejected, was the reason for the rejection.
§ Sir J. Eden
The proposals (apart from four advanced by hon. Members) were as follows.23W
MARKING ORDERS (SECTION 8) Class of goods Information proposed Proposed by Under consideration Sheets Size Consumer Council. Clocks and Watches Origin British Clock and Watch Manufacturers Association. Cutlery Origin United Kingdom Cutlery and Silverware Manufacturers Association. Deferred Clothing Fibre content Consumer Council. Fire extinguishers Effectiveness Consumer Council. Tyres Types Consumer Council. Rejected as: of insufficient benefit Clothing Care and labeling Consumers' Association. Light bulbs Life and output Consumer Council. Footwear Composition South London Boot Trade Association. Solid fuel Moisture content Local Authority Association. Solid fuel Whether smokeless Urban District Councils Association. Glassware Hand-cut etc. Stourbridge Crystal Glass Manufacturers Association. Pet foods Ingredients Consumers' Association. Sheets Single or double bed size. Retail Trading Standards Association. Furnishing fabric Origin Furnishing Fabric Manufacturers Association. Toys Origin British Toy Manufacturers Association. Brushes Origin British Brush Manufacturers Association. Footwear Origin British Footwear Manufacturers Federation. Inappropriate Textile fabrics (7) Composition Retail Trading Standards Association. Artificial leathers Composition Retail Trading Standards Association. All types Wholesale or warehouse price. Retail Trading Standards Association.
I regret that in answer to a previous Question from my right hon. Friend on 16th February, there was included in the list of rejections one inquiry about the possibility of a marking order which on closer scrutiny I find did not amount to a proposal.