§ Mr. Iain Mills
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it a condition of the import of tyre foot pumps that they comply with current British standards.
§ Mr. Howard
No. British standards are not mandatory for United Kingdom produced tyre foot pumps. It would therefore be contrary to our international trading obligations to require compliance from imports. However, those supplying tyre foot pumps with inaccurate gauges, whether home produced or imported, may be subject to prosecution under the Trade Descriptions Act.