§ Mr. Stainton
asked the Secretary of State for Trade if, in the light of evidence of allegedly fraudulent but successful applications for the Queen's Award to Industry and the possible misuse of either properly or improperly obtained Awards, he will forthwith review the criteria and workings of the Office of the Queen's Award and the use of this distinction by firms.
§ Mr. Deakins
The Queen's Awards Office has noted recent reports in the Press concerning a company which won awards for exports in 1973 and again in 1975, and which is now in receivership. So far, it has received no evidence of allegedly fraudulent applications or possible misuse of awards.
A Queen's Award may be withdrawn at any time for breach of the rules or on any other grounds which are considered to justify withdrawal. Under these rules, issued to holders of the awards, they are required to notify the Queen's Awards Office of any change in their circumstances during the period in which they hold an award which might affect their title to it.
The Queen's Awards Office is looking into the matter.