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Imports (Standards)

Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what tests are carried out on imported goods to ensure that these meet the standards which may be claimed in respect of quality and durability.

The Trade Descriptions Act prohibits false or misleading trade descriptions, including false or misleading claims about standards, in respect of imported and domestically produced goods alike. No central record is kept of tests carried out in the enforcement of these requirements, which is a matter for local authority trading standards departments.