§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions the Minister for Trade had with Commonwealth Caribbean leaders when he attended the Caribbean Basin meeting in Miami, on the purchase of new turboprop aircraft for Leeward Islands Air Transport and the possibility of United Kingdom funding, in view of the European Community aid offer; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. David Young
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to increase the penalties for attaching a misleading description to food sold in hotels and restaurants, with particular reference to the description of dishes as fresh when they have been made from processed ingredients.
§ Mr. Butcher
The penalties for offences under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 have recently been increased to a fine of up to £2,000 on summary conviction. The maximum penalty on indictment is an unlimited fine or two years' imprisonment or both. I consider these penalties sufficient to deal with any problem of misleading descriptions of food.