§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish a recommended definition of waterproof for use by footwear manufacturers; and if he will take steps to advise consumers of the variations in the standards presently acceptable in the trade as being waterproof.
§ Mr. Ridley
No. It is for the industry to set its own standards of quality, and for shoppers to make their needs known when buying. I have no reason to suppose that the description "waterproof" is being wrongly applied, or that its misuse could not be dealt with under the Trade Descriptions Act.