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Price Marking

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will list the goods currently covered by the Price Marking (Bargain Offer) Order; and if he intends to add any further goods to the list.

The order, as amended, bans comparisons of retail prices with recommended prices in the case of electric domestic appliances (and similar appliances powered by other forms of energy), consumer electronic goods, carpets, furniture and beds. The other provisions of the order apply to all goods offered for retail sale and to all consumer services. I have no plans at present to extend the order to other goods or services.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will consider rescinding the Price Marking (Bargain Offer) Order.

No. I have no intention to do so at present. The order is intended to benefit consumers by prohibiting a range of misleading bargain offer claims.