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Estate Agents

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Minister for Trade what representations he has received in the last 12 months about the misleading advertising of property by estate agents; if he will give details of the representations in the Official Report; and if he will make a statement.

In January 1982 we received representations on the property aspects of the Trade Descriptions (Amendment) Bill from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Consumers' Association, the Law Society and Bernard Thorpe and Partners. I understand that the Director General of Fair Trading has subsequently received three complaints from consumers about estate agents' descriptions of property. I see no need at present for new legislation in this area, but I shall keep the position under review.