§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list his powers to require car manufacturers to state the British value added percentage in each marque in their product range.
§ Mr. Fletcher
[pursuant to his reply, 11 July 1985]: Section 8 of the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 provides powers to require that goods should be marked with or accompanied by prescribed information relating to the goods, where such information appears necessary or expedient in the interest of persons to whom any goods are supplied. Section 9 of the Act provides corresponding powers in respect of advertisements for goods. The use of these powers is subject to prior consultation with those whose interests are likely to be affected, and to the constraints of the Government's international obligations.
§ Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the value of motor car, lorry and bus exports to the European Economic Community, respectively, including Portugal and Spain, over the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available; what were the comparable figures in each of the previous five years; and what were the comparable figures for imports of cars, lorries and buses, respectively, from the European Economic Community.