§ 46. Mr. Gregory
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will refer to the Director General of Fair Trading the practice by certain motor agents and dealers of charging consumers for giving an estimate.
§ Mr. Butcher
No. I am not aware of this practice being widespread or giving rise to consumer complaints. The Director General of Fair Trading has a duty under the Fair Trading Act 1973 to keep under review trading practices which may adversely affect the economic interests of consumers, and I am sure that he would look into this practice if he considered it appropriate to do so.