HC Deb 14 December 1992 vol 216 cc28-9W
Mr. Hardy

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what action he is taking to prevent or discourage the promotion of bogus business directories.

Mr. Leigh

[holding answer 11 December 1992]: The Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971 makes it an offence to demand payment in respect of a directory entry which has not been ordered by the person concerned. This is effective in preventing any such requests originating in the United Kingdom. My Department publishes warnings and an information sheet to alert businesses to offences by foreign companies.