HC Deb 09 April 1976 vol 909 cc342-3W
Mr. Ioan Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what steps she has taken to ensure that retailers know which of the items they sell are covered by the price check scheme so that those items can be identified by the red triangle symbol.

Mr. Maclennan

Retailers' representative organisations recommending their members to participate in the scheme were provided with detailed lists of the items covered by the scheme; and these lists have been sent to every local chamber of trade. For some items very detailed information was given about particular manufacturers' lines which have been offered for the scheme. Nevertheless, it is the responsibility of each participating manufacturer to tell retailers handling his products which of his lines are in the scheme so that the retailers in turn may identify scheme items on their shelves. CBI has emphasised to its members the importance of this identification of products, and if any retailer is still uncertain whether a particular product is included in the scheme he should contact his supplier. Manufacturers, retailers and consumers alike will benefit if the public can readily identify scheme items at the point of sale in the shops, and the red triangle price check symbol was indeed designed with this in mind.

My Department has established a Price Check Enquiry Unit (telephone number 01-211-0181-4) and any retailers encountering continuing difficulty in operating the scheme should get in touch with the Unit.

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