HC Deb 20 April 1983 vol 41 cc99-100W
Mr. Mason

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what percentage of the United Kingdom stainless steel cutlery market has been taken up by imports for each year over the past 10 years; if he is satisfied that the 1981 origins and marking legislation has been effective in curbing unfair competition; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. MacGregor

It is only possible to provide approximate figures to take account of the incomplete coverage of production data. Those for stainless steel spoons and forks—flatware—are as follows:

1973 50
1974 50
1975 50
1976 75
1977 85
1978 80
1979 80
1980 90
1981 n/a
1982 70

n/a = not available.

However as stainless steel knives are not separately identified in the trade statistics comparable figures for them are not available.

The Trade Descriptions (Origin Marking) (Miscellaneous Goods) Order 1981 is a consumer measure, rather than a trade measure and is designed to provide individual consumers with information about the origin of goods. In this context my hon. Friend the Minister for Consumer Affairs is currently assessing its operation so far.