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Consumer Protection

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received advocating a change in consumer protection legislation to safeguard retailers in regard to the quality of the products supplied to them by manufacturers as well as wholesalers, particularly for the licensed trade; and if he will make a statement.

A retailer's rights in dealing with manufacturers or wholesalers will be governed by the terms of his contract with them. In the absence of any specific terms in the contract to the contrary (and these terms would be subject to the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977) the provisions of the sale of goods legislation apply to these contracts as well as to contracts between a retailer and his customers.