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Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received about sharp practices involving leasing agreements for office photocopiers; and if she will take steps to afford greater protection to consumers affected by such practices. [113174]

The Office of Fair Trading is responsible for monitoring the behaviour of consumer hire companies licensed under the Consumer Credit Act and it has confirmed that few complaints have been received. No action is proposed at this time.