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Doorstep Selling

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he will introduce regulations to implement the European Community directive on doorstep selling.

The Consumer Protection (Cancellation of Contracts concluded away from Business Premises) Regulations 1987 were laid before Parliament today. They provide for a seven-day cooling-off period during which consumers have the right to cancel a contract for goods or services entered into during an unsolicited visit by a trader to their home or place of work. The regulations apply, with some exceptions, to cash and credit contracts worth more than £35. They will come into force on 1 July 1988.