HC Deb 13 June 1988 vol 135 cc73-4W
Mr. Madel

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the light of the changes in the law after 1 July relating to contracts signed away from business premises and in particular to that part of the contract that deals with cancellation forms, he will state how this law will be enforced, with particular regard to those firms which are not members of trade associations; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maude

The new regulations (SI 1987/2117) provide that if the consumer does not receive a written notice informing him of his right of cancellation the contract will not be enforceable against him. My Department has taken steps to alert traders to the new legal requirements by publishing a guidance booklet which has been distributed to trading standards departments throughout the United Kingdom as well as to interested trade associations. The Office of Fair Trading will also be alerting consumers to their new rights in a revised version of its leaflet "How to cope with doorstep salesmen" to be published shortly.

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