§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what decisions he has taken and what action he intends to take following the director general of Fair Trading's report of 30 November 1982 on his review of the Opticians Act.
§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
The Director General's review dealt particularly with the General Optical Council's rules on publicity, and the restrictions on unregistered sellers under the Opticians Act 1958. The Government are considering whether the new rules on publicity recently proposed by the general Optical Council are an adequate response to the director general's review. The director general's comments on the Act's restrictions on unregistered sellers raise public health issues. These are being considered by my hon. and learned Friend the Minister for Health.