CATS minutes


Minutes of previous meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards (CATS) are available below.

Details of future meetings can be found on the main APPG-CATS page.  

 Recent meetings

The 2014 CATS AGM was held at 14.00 on 21 October in Room T, Portculling House.  The group was joined by guest speakers including Huw Irranca-Davies, Shadow Minister for Food and Farming and Darren Shirley, Campaigns Manager at Which?

Minutes of this meeting are now available.


The group had a special meeting on 4 February 2014 in response to a request at the AGM for a call for evidence: Who is protecting the public from rogue traders, scammers and fraudsters? The state of trading standards today. 

A panel of experts answered questions from the group. The panel comprised: 

Leon Livermore, CTSI chief executive

Steve Jorden, Head of Worcestershire Regulatory Services

Guy Pratt, Assistant Director Community Protection Hertfordshire County Council

Sean Murphy, Trading Standards Manager West Berkshire and Wokingham Trading Standards Service

Colin Baxter, Licensing and Trading Standards Manager City of Edinburgh Council

Paul Noone, Assistant Director Trading Standards Lancashire County Council

Cllr Nick Worth (South Holland DC / Lincs CC), Local Government Association  

Minutes from this meeting are available here



Past AGMs 

2012 AGM

 2013 AGM

2014 AGM  

Review of Activities 2009 (PDF 214KB)



Past meetings

Call for evidence: Who is protecting the vulnerable and the poor?.


Consumers' rights of redress over unfair commercial practices

2009-10-29 (PDF 88KB)

Action for consumers: the case for and against collective redress

2009-06-09 (PDF 99KB) 

Fairness needed for insurance contracts

2009-05-09 (PDF 72KB)

Safety of UK consumers in global markets

2007-10-15 (PDF)

Debt: the social consequences

The Violent Crime Reduction Bill
A focus on Hampton

Consumer credit: at what price?

DIY debt management

The proposed Children and Young Persons (Age Restricted Products) Bill

2007-02-27 (PDF)

The negative effects of alcohol on children’s health

2006-11-29 (PDF)

Children’s food and nutrition  

2006-10-19 (PDF)

The Civil Aviation Bill

2005-11-08 (PDF)

The Government’s Consumer Strategy and the Consumer and Trading Standards Agency

2005-07-05 (PDF)