HL Deb 07 November 2002 vol 640 cc131-2WA
Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion total mortgage payments represented of total household income in 2001, 2000, 1999, 1996 and 1991 in each of the regions and nations of the United Kingdom. [HL6236]

Lord Rooker:

The information available closest to those years requested is provided in the table. Information is not available for 1991. Figures are shown for Great Britain because the Family Resources Survey does not cover Northern Ireland.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville):

The safety of cosmetics in the UK, including perfumes, is subject to the Cosmetics (Safety) Regulations 1996. The regulations implement a European directive and require that all cosmetic products sold to the consumer must be safe under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use.

The regulations specify ingredients and their allowable levels which can be used in cosmetics. In addition, all cosmetic products are subject to a health and safety assessment by a suitably experienced/qualified person before they are placed on the market.

The proposed Seventh Amendment to the Cosmetic Directive specifies, among other things, that the 26 most common fragrances which are known to cause allergies will be subject to additional labelling requirements. This is to be welcomed as it will improve the information available to the consumer.