The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1979-1983 Parliament

Mr Major’s Written Question on the Sale of Goods – 12 May 1980

The text of Mr Major’s Parliamentary written question on the Sale of Goods, published on 12th May 1980.

Mr. Major Asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he is satisfied with the present lack of protection for third parties under the Sale of Goods Act; and, if not, whether he is considering legislation to provide remedies in such cases.

Mrs. Sally Oppenheim I am considering the draft European Community directive on liability for defective products which would make the producer liable for damage caused by defective goods.

I am not considering any other changes in the law in this field since the Law Commission recommended that the law of contract should not be extended to give third parties contractual rights against suppliers of goods.