§ Mr. Colvin
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make a statement on the future of the Trade Descriptions Act.
§ Mr. Howard
The Consumer Protection Bill, which is currently being considered in another place, makes provision for the repeal of the Trade Descriptions Act 1972. The repeal is necessary for reasons of European Community law. The Government are consulting interested parties on the scope for introducing successor arrangements by order under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968. The Consumer Protection Bill also makes new provisions with respect to the giving of price indications and in consequence repeals section 11 of the Trade Descriptions Act 1968.