HC Deb 26 June 1972 vol 839 c259W
Mr. Ian Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will institute proceedings under the Trading Representations (Disabled Persons) Act, 1958, or other enactment to ensure that salesmen acting on behalf of the firm known as Blind Partners in the Portsmouth area cease to represent or imply that the proceeds of their activities will be used for the benefit of registered charities for the blind.

Mr. Dudley Smith

I have been asked to reply.

Although my right hon. Friend has received a number of complaints that the firm known as Blind Partners has been making misrepresentations on the lines indicated in the Question, these complaints do not provide sufficient grounds for instituting proceedings. I should perhaps, however, make clear that this firm is a profit-making concern and that members of the public should be on their guard against confusing it with local charities for blind people.