§ Mr. Arnold
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 1 December, Official Report, columns 434–35, when he expects consultations with consumer and trade associations about the possibility of making an order under section 8 of the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Howard
The associations concerned have been asked to submit their comments by 30 January 1987 on a consultation letter from my Department dated 4 December. The Government will study the responses carefully and it may be necessary to clarify certain points further with those who submit comments. At present I think it unlikely that consultations will have been completed before the middle of March.