§ 87. Miss Burton
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Consumer Advisory Council set up by the British Standards Institution with Government support has no power to deal with consumer complaints; and what steps he proposes to take to give the Council such power.
§ Mr. Walker-Smith
The purpose of the Advisory Council is to inform the British Standards Institution on matters where consumers have expressed a desire for standards to be established, and its interest in consumers' complaints is primarily to help to judge where standards are most required. My right hon. Friend does not think it would be desirable to interfere with this arrangement.