Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Trade Description Legislation.


asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he is aware that goods are being sold to consumers in this country the quality or quantity of which do not conform to advertised descriptions of them; and if he will introduce legislation similar to the Trades Description Act in Great Britain to deal with this matter.

Apart from isolated instances, I have received no specific complaints of the systematic selling of goods not conforming with advertised descriptions.

False descriptions as to quantity, constituent materials and mode of manufacture are already, in fact, offences under the Merchandise Marks Acts. By an Act passed last year, the Merchandise Marks Acts, 1970, I am empowered to require that pre-packed goods are marked with the quantities they contain and a comprehensive order under the Act is now in an advanced stage of preparation after consultation with numerous interested parties.

Further legislation, which will parallel in many respects the British Trade Descriptions Act, is under examination.