§ Mr. Ernie Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he is satisfied that all sealskins now offered for sale are being labelled in accordance with the legislation which came into force on 1 January; if there is any method of differentiating old stock, which is not required to be labelled, from new stock, which is; and how long he estimates it will take before all stock is labelled.
§ Mrs. Sally Oppenheim
I have no doubt that the great majority of manufactures and traders are complying with the sealskins goods marking requirements, enforcement of which is a matter for local authority trading standards officers. The latter have adequate powers under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 to establish in cases of doubt whether an offence has been committed. On the last part of the question, no reliable estimate is possible.