§ Mr. Luce
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will set up an inquiry into the question of corporate responsibility in relation to the working of the Trade Descriptions Act, the Weights and Measures Act, the Food and Drugs Act and other consumer protection legislation, with a view to establishing principles upon which employers should, in appropriate circumstances, be held liable in law and on a consistent basis for the defaults of their employees.
§ Mr. Ridley
No. There is no reason to suppose that the provision as regards the employers' position which Parliament has made, after proper consideration, in recent Acts to protect the consumer is either unclear in its application or inappropriate.