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Consultation on proposals to strengthen consumer representation

This consultation paper and draft partial Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) invites views on proposals to strengthen and streamline consumer advocacy. The proposals include the consolidation of existing consumer bodies into a single, coherent, consumer advocacy body and the introduction of new ombudsman schemes to resolve complaints where service providers have not been able to do so.

Published: 25 January 2006
Deadline for responses: 19 April 2006

Consultation Document and RIA (74 pages)


Consultation on draft Cosmetic Products (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 to implement Directive 2005/80/EC.

This consultation document seeks views on the Government’s proposals to introduce Regulations that amend Annexe II to the Directive by adding substances to the list of those that are not permitted for use in cosmetic products. The Regulations also make minor amendments to Schedule 4 Part I.

Published: 24 January 2006
Deadline for responses: 14 April 2006

Consultation Document and RIA (25 pages)


Consultation on transposing the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive into UK Law

This consultation paper and associated Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) seeks views on options for implementing the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive into UK law and amending up to 28 pieces of existing consumer legislation. Responses will help determine the best approach to drafting the transposing legislation and accompanying guidance.

 

Consultation Document (101 pages)
Executive Summary (13 pages)
RIA (66 pages)

Published: 14 December 2005
Deadline for responses: 08 March 2006

Background Information about the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive will be found here


Consultation about the Ceramic Articles in Contact with Food (England) Regulations

This consultation seeks views on our proposals to implement Directive 2005/31/EC, an amending Directive geared towards making it easier for producers, distributors and enforcement authorities to ensure that ceramic articles intended to come into contact with food do not exceed existing migration limits for cadmium and lead.

Consultation document including RIA (40 pages).
Response form (Word version).

Published: 6 December 2005
Deadline for responses: 28 February 2006

Information on current Ceramic Ware (Safety) Regulations 1988 will be found in our Fact Sheet


Consultation on Credit Card Cheques.

This consultation seeks views on whether it is necessary to make changes to the regulation of credit card cheques. In particular the Government is seeking views on how to ensure that consumers who use credit card cheques do not incur unnecessary credit charges due to a lack of understanding about the implications of using a credit card cheque.

 

Consultation document including RIA (35 pages)

Published: 24 November 2005
Deadline for responses: 24 February 2006

Further information on consumer credit issues will be found here


Consultation on proposed Cosmetic Products (Safety) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2005.

This consultation seeks views on the Government’s proposals to introduce Regulations that amend Part 2 of Annexe III to the Directive by changing the dates that particular substances are permitted.  The Regulations will also amend annexes II, IV and VI of the main Regulations by inserting additional substances or by amending existing entries in these Annexes.

Consultation document including RIA (27 pages)

Published: 07 September 2005
Deadline for responses: 25 November 2005
Passed


Consultation on whether to amend Part 9 of the Enterprise Act 2002 to allow information to be released more easily for civil court proceedings.

This consultation seeks views on whether to amend Part 9 of the Enterprise Act 2002 to allow information to be released more easily for civil court proceedings. Views are invited on the options proposed, in particular those where there may be impact upon industry, public authorities, the consumer and consumer bodies.

 Click here for background information.

Consultation document including RIA (39 pages)

Published: 23 August 2005
Deadline for responses: 18 November 2005
Passed


Consultation on the creation of the Consumer and Trading Standards Agency (CTSA).

The consultation looks at the options for creating a Consumer and Trading Standards Agency (CTSA) as identified in the Hampton Report, including:

• the roles and responsibilities the CTSA should have;
• the powers it should exercise;
• the structure it should have.

Consultation document including RIA (76 pages).
DTI Press Notice announcing plans for CTSA and consultation.

Click here for background information.

Published: 05 July 2005
Deadline for Responses: 12 October 2005
Passed


Consultation on draft regulations to replace Part V of the Weights and Measures Act 1985 and the Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 1986.

These draft regulations set out a complete regime for the average system of quantity control applied to packaged goods. The aim is to simplify the legislation and rationalise its scope as well as removing unnecessary burdens from packers and importers of packaged goods.

Feedback from an earlier consultation carried out between March and June 2004 on the principles behind the reform has been taken into account in developing these draft regulations.

Consultation document including RIA (42 pages).
Annex 1 - Response Form (14 pages).
Annex 7 - Draft Statutory Instruments (32 pages).
Annex 8 - Draft Guidance (15 pages).
Covering letter (2 pages).
Government response to consultation

Further information on Weights and Measures and the new regulations

Published: 11 July 2005
Deadline for Responses: 07 October 2005
Passed


Consultation on implementing the EU Regulation on Consumer Protection Co-operation

This consultation seeks views on how the EU Regulation on Consumer Protection Co-operation should be implemented in the UK. This includes discussion of which bodies should be directly involved in the cross-border network; the enforcement powers these bodies will need; and how the consumer protection community can effectively co-operate to tackle cross border infringements of consumer laws.

Consultation document (40 pages).
Regulation on Consumer Protection Co-operation (11 pages).
Summary of Responses (12 pages)

Published: 05 July 2005
Deadline for Responses: 03 October 2005 Passed


Consultation on the implementation of European Directive 2004/96/EC concerning an amendment to the restrictions on the marketing and use of nickel for piercing post assemblies.

This consultation seeks your views on the proposed implementation of a European Directive that has amended the requirements with which all piercing post assemblies, intended to be inserted into pierced ears etc., have to conform. The rate of nickel release has replaced nickel content as the basis of conformity. Views are invited on a draft of the new Regulations and a draft of the Guidance Notes to the Regulations. We are particularly interested in your views on the likely impact the new Regulations will have on industry and the consumer.

Consultation document (37 pages).

Published: 24 March 2005
Deadline for Responses: 16th June 2005 Passed


Consultation on proposed European Consumer Credit Directive

This consultation paper sets out the UK Government’s position on the latest draft of the Directive. We invite industry, consumer bodies and regulators to comment on the analysis. Your comments will help shape our future negotiating position on the Consumer Credit Directive.

Click here for further information on the Directive.

Consultation document (137 pages).
Summary of Responses (49 pages).

Published: 25 February 2005
Deadline for Responses: 22 April 2005 Passed


Consultation on a European Proposal to prohibit certain carcinogens, mutagens and substances toxic to reproduction (cmrs) being placed on the market for sale to the general public.

This consultation seeks your views on a European Commission Proposal for a Directive that will, if adopted, prohibit for sale to the general public a further 42 substances capable of inducing cancer, hereditary genetic defects and non-hereditary congenital malformations. Views on all aspects of the Proposal are invited, but particularly on any impact the proposed measures might have on industry and the consumer.

Consultation document (34 pages).
Annex A - Text of Proposal COM(2004)638 (81 pages).

Published: 22 February 2005
Deadline for Responses: 18 May 2005 Passed

Consultation on proposals to implement remedies recommended in the 2003 Competition Commission Report on the supply of prescription-only medicines (POMs) for veterinary use.

The consultation is intended to secure views on the scope, timing and form of an Order which is intended to remedy or prevent the adverse effects on the public interest identified in the Competition Commission’s report and to implement the remedies suggested.
Click here for further details.

Consultation document (34 pages).

Published: 18 February 2005
Deadline for Responses: 13 May 2005 Passed

Summary of responses and Government response published
 


Consultation on consolidating and simplifying the food orders.

This consultation document sought views on proposals to simplify the weights and measures legislation that relates to sale of food including alcoholic drinks. The main proposal is to consolidate the existing UK legislation on quantity indications (which comprises three main Orders amended by five further Orders) into a single Order, and simplify it by modelling the requirements more closely on the relevant Directives. This would make the legislation easier to understand and implement, particularly for new entrants.

Consultation document (62 pages).

December 2004. Further to this consultation this letter sought feedback on the Commission's proposal to simplify EU law in relation to specified quantities for pre-packed products.
DTI letter to stakeholders about Commission's proposal (5 pages).

Government response to consultation.

Published: 12 October 2004
Deadline for Responses: 4 January 2005 Passed


Consultation on Proposals to implement Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safety (GPSD). Click here for further background information.

Consultation document (22 pages).
Annexes A, C, D, E, (63 pages).
Annex B (14 pages).
Responses to consultation (23 pages).

Published: 21 December 2004
Deadline for Responses: 31 March 2005 Passed


Supplementary consultation on revised draft legislation to implement remedies recommended in the 2003 Competition Commission Report on the supply of extended warranties (EW) on domestic electrical goods. Click here for further background information.

Supplementary Consultation document (35 pages).

Published: 18 November 2004
Deadline for Responses: 20 December 2004 Passed


Consultation on proposed supplementary amendments to the Fireworks Regulations 2004. This consultation will last no longer than 3 weeks - given the minor nature of the changes proposed.  Click here for further information on the Firework Regulations.

Consultation document (51 pages).
Responses to the consultation - including analysis and subsequent changes made.

Published: 12 November 2004
Deadline for Responses: 3 December 2004 Passed


Consultation on a proposal to place restrictions on the marketing and use of toluene and trichlorobenzene.

Consultation document (26 pages).
Responses to the consultation

Published: 10 September 2004
Deadline for Responses: 3 December 2004 Passed

 

 

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