HC Deb 02 July 1999 vol 334 cc299-300W
Mr. Laurence Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers the trading standards officers have to regulate the provision of services; and if he will make a statement. [89661]

Dr. Howells

Trading standards officers have powers to regulate the provision of services in a variety of sectors and transactions under existing consumer protection legislation. These cover services provided through retail outlets i.e. price marking legislation, legislation with respect to package travel etc. They are also responsible for monitoring the provision of services and transactions which may take place outside the retail environment—i.e. the Trade Descriptions Act, the provision of consumer credit, doorstep selling, time share schemes etc.