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Mr. Philip Holland
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what consideration has been given to transferring to citizens' advice bureaux the functions of the 29 consumer councils to which he appoints members.
As my right hon. Friend the Minister of State said in the House on 22 October, the effectiveness of the present arrangements for protecting the consumer interest in the nationalised industries is now under review. I must point out to my hon. Friend that the citizens' advice bureaux are autonomous bodies and the Secretary of State has no power to transfer functions to them.