Canlyniadau 181–200 o 1224 ar gyfer speaker:Mrs Sally Oppenheim

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Motorway Service Stations (13 Ebr 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I agree with my hon. Friend that sympathy is not enough, and the present situation is not acceptable. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport hopes to encourage more competition between operators by selling long-term leases and giving them greater commercial freedom. But that will have to be monitored carefully to ensure that higher standards are achieved. That is why my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Motorway Service Stations (13 Ebr 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I am disappointed because I thought I had been helpful and sympathetic. Now I shall be even more helpful to the hon. Gentleman about one of the matters that he raised. I understand that advice is often given to tourists, for example, by car rental firms, about the existence of off-motorway, nearby service stations which may offer lower prices and better service. There is scope for more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Motorway Service Stations (13 Ebr 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I confirm that motorway service stations will be free in 1982 to offer petrol by the gallon or by the litre.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Motorway Service Stations (13 Ebr 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: That would be the simple solution if pricing were the only problem, but it is not. We are concerned about the standard of service. It is for that reason that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport is currently engaged in negotiations. I agree that the current situation is not satisfactory. Unless the situation improves, the Director General of Fair Trading will take note of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Manufacturers (Liability) (13 Ebr 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I do not propose any action on this until we know the outcome of the discussions in Brussels on the draft directive on liability for defective products.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Manufacturers (Liability) (13 Ebr 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: If we were to introduce national legislation at this stage we should need to amend it when agreement was reached on the draft directive. That would be confusing and counter-productive.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tourism (13 Ebr 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: The Government provide finance which amounted in 1980–81 to some £40 million to the British Tourist Authority and the national tourist boards for them to promote the development of tourism to, and within, Great Britain. I am sure that these bodies offer very satisfactory services for the development of tourism. I can also reassure my hon. Friend that finance provided by the Government is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tourism (13 Ebr 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: My hon. Friend, as usual, has put up a robust and valid case for the British tourist industry. I am well aware of the value of the British tourist industry, which I believe is third, after North Sea oil, as an exporter. It is worthy of the greatest support because of its performance during difficult times and because it does not ask the Government for handouts, but seeks support and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tourism (13 Ebr 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I am aware of the tourist potential of Scunthorpe. I am also aware that there is a lack of hotels in some similar areas, not least my own constituency. Some options and initiatives for tourist development areas have been put to my Department, and these are under consideration. We have to decide where there is the greatest need for the economic benefits of tourism and then direct the funds...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tourism (13 Ebr 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: The authorities and the hotels are very much aware of the adverse publicity that they have received, much of which has not been deserved, since, with the exception of perhaps four of five hotels, the hotels whose very high rates have been quoted in the press have a majority of their rooms occupied by people who are paying much lower rates. I have tried to encourage them to advertise their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Collusive Tendering (16 Maw 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I am still considering the many useful representations received. Views were sharply divided on the desirability of creating a new criminal offence, and I am weighing these arguments carefully before coming to a decision.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Collusive Tendering (16 Maw 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I agree that major competition issues are involved in collusive tendering. As with other restrictive agreements, it is subject to registration under the restrictive trades practices legislation. As my hon. Friend knows, collusive tendering is especially deceptive and difficult to detect. It is difficult to find concrete evidence. That is why my Department issued a Green Paper on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Collusive Tendering (16 Maw 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: If something is difficult to detect it is usually equally difficult to enforce. Laws that are impossible to enforce are not likely to have a deterrent effect on those who break them. As collusive tendering could be a fraudulent practice—and, in some cases, is so—the law on fraud may suffice. I want to examine the representations. I consider it to be an important competition issue. I shall...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Credit Purchases (16 Maw 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: Red-lining is not, to the best of my knowledge, widespread. The Director General is, however, compiling information about credit scoring generally. If the hon. Gentleman has any information on red-lining, I am sure that it would interest the Director General.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Credit Purchases (16 Maw 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I have just overheard an hon. Member asking what red-lining means. I confess that until a recent National Consumer Council report brought the problem to my attention I thought that red-lining was a local Labour Party practice ruling out certain party candidates lacking the requisite qualifications. As a result of the report, I am aware that red-lining is a valid consumer problem. I hope that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Credit Purchases (16 Maw 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I am well aware that the hon. Gentleman and his supporters would prefer that every cloud should have a red-lining.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Garage Servicing (16 Maw 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: As I told my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North (Mr. Marlow) on 22 January I regard this as a valuable report which, I feel sure, reflects the experience and great concern of a number of motorists. I hope that the trade will take steps to strengthen its code of practice and to enforce it more effectively as the Consumers Association recommends. The Director General has for some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Garage Servicing (16 Maw 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I agree with my hon. Friend. I was especially disappointed that the MAA's published reaction to the CA report was not more constructive. I hope that acceptance by it of the many criticisms in the CA report will be reflected in a strengthened code of practice that is currently being negotiated and that such a code will be widely observed. If it is not, we shall have to consider what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Garage Servicing (16 Maw 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: The question concerns garage servicing. If the hon. Gentleman wishes to table an appropriate question, I shall be pleased to answer it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Garage Servicing (16 Maw 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: My hon. Friend has expressed a characteristically robust view. I fear that it is a view that is shared by all too many members of the public as a result of their experience. That is why I have said that I hope that there will be a strengthened code of practice negotiated. I hope that it will be widely observed. I repeat, if it is not we shall have to consider what alternatives might be...


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