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Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with the European Union on the future of hallmarks on (a) gold, (b) silver and (c) platinum; and if she will make a statement.[107275]

There has been one meeting in Brussels held in November 2002, at the request of the Danish Presidency, to raise the possibility of resurrecting the draft EU Directive on Hallmarking.Any directive must enhance the single market and continue to protect the consumer.