§ Mr. Joel Barnett
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce the necessary amendments to the Trade Descriptions Act so as to ensure that it is an offence for employment agencies to advertise job vacancies when it is known by them that no such vacancies exist; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Noble
It is already an offence under the Trade Descriptions Act, 1968 for an employment agency to make, knowingly or recklessly, a false statement about the service it provides. But if the hon. Member has evidence that the law needs amending to deal with the situation he mentions I should be glad to consider this.