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Make-Up Kits (Importation)

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will introduce legislation making the importation of make-up kits with high lead content illegal; and if he will make a statement.

Although there are no powers under existing consumer safety legislation to prevent the importation of unsafe goods, the Cosmetic Products Regulations 1978 prohibit the sale of cosmetic make-up kits containing lead. In my reply to a question from the hon. Member for Rotherham (Mr. Crowther) I explained that enforcement was a matter for local authorities many of whom, I understand, already have it in hand. I have alerted local authorities generally, and on 24 November issued a press notice to warn the general public.