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Textile Imports (Labelling)

Volume 981: debated on Monday 24 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he has considered the report by the West Yorkshire county council prepared by that council's consumer protection department, a copy of which has been sent to him, regarding the incorrect labelling of fibre content on textile goods and what action he is proposing to take with the European Commission to stop the import of incorrectly labelled goods from other EEC member States.

Enforcement of the Textile Products (Indications of Fibre Content) Regulations 1973, as amended, is of course a matter for local authorities, whose co-ordinating body on Trading Standards—LACOTS—recently considered the West Yorkshire county council's report. I am considering what further action may be necessary, and shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.