§ Mr. Dunnachie
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he has any plans to introduce new legislation to protect consumers.
§ Mr. Maude
The Government intend shortly to introduce regulations to implement the EC directive on doorstep selling; and regulations under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 on price displays at bureaux de change and in connection with the resale of electricity and gas by landlords. A number of safety regulations will be made, mainly to implement EC directives.
The Government are currently analysing the response to public consultation on proposals by the Law Commissions for amending the law on the sale and supply of goods.
My right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State has recently announced the Government's intention to amend the Consumer Credit Act, when there is a suitable opportunity, to simplify and clarify its requirements. We also propose to make certain changes to the advertise-ments regulations under the Act, which will provide improved consumer protection, particularly in the area of secured lending.