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Consumer Goods: Origin Marking

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL7521, tabled on 31 March 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 30 March (HL7007), whether they will bring forward proposals to require the specification of the country of origin or manufacture of all goods sold to consumers online.

Answered on

12 April 2022

As noted in my previous reply, the Government have no plans to introduce such a requirement on behalf of consumers.

The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) apply across all business sectors. They prohibit all traders from engaging in unfair commercial practices in connection with the promotion, sale and supply of products to consumers.

Under the CPRs, traders are required to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed purchasing decisions. The regulations prohibit commercial practices which omit or hide material information which the average consumer needs, according to the context, to make an informed choice, where such an omission causes or is likely to cause them to make a different choice (e.g. purchase goods or a service that would not otherwise have been purchased).