asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are taken to ensure that imported goods comply with trading standards; if he is satisfied that present measures are adequate; and if he will make a statement.
Imported goods are subject to trading standards legislation. Enforcement is primarily a matter for local authority trading standards departments.We propose to amend the legislation on consumer safety to deal more effectively with imports as soon as the legislative programme permits. Our proposals are set out in the White Paper on the "Sale of Goods" (Cmnd. 9302) published last July.