Government hails trading standards as a 'first class service'
In the House of Lords Committee Stage (Day Nine) of the Public Bodies Bill on Wednesday 9 March Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Government spokesperson, said:
'On the consumer proposals themselves, the transfer of most consumer enforcement functions will target resource where it is most needed-to support trading standards services, which the Government believe are best able to ensure robust enforcement against rogue traders, scams and businesses which abuse the law and their relationship with consumers. The resources that were available to the OFT would be transferred to trading standards.'
He later added:
'The Government believe that trading standards and Citizens Advice provide a first-class service and operate much closer to the public. Transferring functions to them would be wholly consistent with this Government's support for action and decision-making at local level. In particular, devolving key elements of consumer enforcement to a local level would target resource where it is most needed. It would reduce the potential for gaps and empower local authorities to find ways to address all threats which have a combined local and national dimension. Trading standards services already have experience of handling complex cross-authority cases successfully.'