HC Deb 25 March 1999 vol 328 c357W
Mr. Mullin

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will call for a report from the British Standards Institute regarding the alleged misuse by Classic Collections (UK) Ltd., Slough, of ISO 9000 accreditation; and if he will make a statement. [76130]

Mr. Battle

I understand that this case involves allegations of misuse of the BVQI ISO 9000 certification mark which includes the National Accreditation of Certification Bodies (NACB) mark. My department licenses the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to use the NACB mark, to sub-license the use of the mark to UKAS accredited organisations such as BVQI and to control its use. I have asked UKAS to investigate these allegations of misuse and to take any necessary action. I also understand that the City of Sunderland Trading Standards Department is investigating the case and will take action under the Trade Descriptions Act if they think it is justified. As far as I am aware, the British Standards Institution has no role to play in this case.