HC Deb 29 January 1979 vol 961 c326W
Mr. Roper

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether he is in consultation with outside organisations on the origin marking of goods; and if he will list in the Official Report those bodies to whom he has written.

Mr. John Fraser

Yes. I am considering a specific request by the cutlery industry that an order should be made under section 8 of the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 to require all cutlery to be marked with its country of origin. I have exchanged correspondence about this request with the Sheffield city council and the Federation of British Cutlery Manufacturers.

I have also written to the Chairman of the National Consumer Council and asked him to let me have the co-ordinated views of the consumer organisations on the possible benefits to the consumer of goods being marked with their country of origin.