§ Mr. Tierney
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what guidance she can give to consumers about the practice of garages selling petrol at prices which do not correspond to actual units of money; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Fraser
Where the pump indicates the total price to be paid, this difficulty can be avoided by taking delivery of a quantity of petrol corresponding to a tenderable sum of money. The quantity delivered will be determined by the price per gallon set on the pump. The Trade Descriptions Act 1968 prohibits any indication that goods are being offered at a price less than that at which they are in fact being offered. Anyone who thinks that the Act has been contravened can report the facts to his local weights and measures authority, who is responsible for enforcing the Act.