§ Mr. Janner
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many retailers have been prosecuted for offences under the Trade Descriptions Act, 1968; and of those prosecuted, how many have been found guilty.
§ Sir J. Eden
By the end of last year local weights and measures authorities had notified the Department of 1,981 cases brought to court under the Trade Descriptions Act, in 1,744 of which the defendants were convicted on one or more counts. These notifications do not always identify the precise nature of the defendants' business, but it is clear that the vast majority supply goods or services direct to the public.