§ Mr. Neubert
asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will take steps to require prices for goods or services quoted to consumers to include value added tax and any other ancillary charges.
§ Mrs. Sally Oppenheim
I propose to make an order under the Prices Act 1974 which will require a trader quoting prices for goods or services available to consumers who quotes a price other than the fully inclusive price to quote also the amount in money terms of any VAT, other tax or other charge payable in addition to the quoted price. The order makes special provisions for hotels and restaurants. It will require all but the smallest hotels and restaurants to quote the fully inclusive price for meals and accommodation and to indicate, where this is the case, that the quoted price includes a service charge.
My Department is consulting interested parties about my proposals. I have placed a copy of the consultation document in the Library.