§ Mr. George Rodgers
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what protection is available to the consumer purchasing textiles that have been manufactured abroad.
Mr. Alan Williams:
Consumers have the same legal protection when buying imported goods as they have when buying domestically produced goods. In addition, the Trade Descriptions Act 1972 requires origin marking for imported goods to which a United Kingdom name or mark is applied. This should prevent consumers from being misled when there may otherwise be doubt whether the goods are of United Kingdom origin.