§ Mr. Frank Field
asked the Secretary of Trade and Industry if he will detail the grants given by his512W
Trade Descriptions Act 1968 which have taken place in relation to the provisions of the Textile Products (Indication of Fibre Content) Regulations 1973, for each year since the coming into force of the regulations.
§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
Comprehensive statistics covering the whole period since the regulations came into operation in January 1976 are not available. However, information supplied on a voluntary basis by local authorities to the Direcior General of Fair Trading indicates that during the years 1978 to 1983 local authorities brought 127 successful prosecutions for offences under the regulations, as follows:
Department to each voluntary organisation (during 1982–83; which of these had their grants reduced in 1983–84; and by how much.
§ Mr. Butcher
There is no agreed definition of the term "voluntary bodies" in relation to the bodies assisted by my Department.
Details of the grants made by my Department to non-statutory bodies in 1982–83, and the financial provisions that has been made for such grants in 1983–84 are as follows:
Programme/body Grants 1982–83 Provision 1983–84 £ £ Export Promotion: Simplification of International Trade Procedures Board 510,000 572,000 Sino British Trade Council 126,000 130,000 East European Trade Council 83,000 91,000
Programme/body Grants 1982–83 Provision 1983–84 £ £ Committee for Middle East Trade 81,000 84,000 British Overseas Trade Group for Israel 46,000 48,000 Latin American Trade Advisory Group 44,000 60,000 Assistance to other non-official trade organisations 398,000 490,000 Regulation of Trading Practices and Consumer Protection National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux 5,533,000 6,041,000 National Consumer Council 1,199,000 1,322,000 National Federation of Consumer Groups 10,000 10,000 Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents 67,000 60,000 Standards British Standards Institute 3,169,000 3,520,000 Support for Industry Anglo German Foundation 125,000 125,000 North of England Development Council 296,000 85,000 North West Industrial Development Association 124,000 260,000 Yorkshire and Humberside Development Association 70,000 163,000 Devon and Cornwall Development Bureau 60,000 110,000 Engineering Council 482,000 1,000,000 Design Council 3,727,000 3,951,000 Institute of Patentees and Inventors 6,000 8,000 National Electronics Council 10,000 — British Clothing Centre 85,000 45,000
In addition, my Department provides support to companies, educational institutions and other non-statutory bodies under the Industry Act 1972 and Science and Technology Act 1965 but a list could be provided only at disproportionate cost.