§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will reconsider the use of the term "legal pyramid selling scheme", with regard to multi-level marketing companies; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Leigh
[holding answer 8 July 1992]: This term "legal pyramid selling scheme" is not used in the Pyramid Selling Schemes Regulations 1989, and it is not for me to prescribe when it should or should not be used. In common use, the terms "pyramid selling", "multi-level marketing" and "network marketing" appear to be interchangeable. The promoter may choose how to describe his own scheme.