§ Mr. Richard Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he has plans to reduce the enforcement burden placed upon local trading standards departments by the Consumer Credit Act 1974, or to reimburse these departments for their work from the licence fees received under this Act.
§ Mr. John Fraser
As implementation proceeds I am examining all aspects to reduce the enforcement burden as far as possible consistent with providing adequate protection to the consumer. There is no power to reimburse from licence fees the enforcement costs of local trading standards departments.