Junior Minister with responsibility for Trade, Marlon Penn said the first draft of the consumer protection legislation has been prepared.
While answering questions from members of the media about the long-awaited legislation, Penn said the document is now “on the Premier’s desk” for it to be brought before Cabinet.
“I think the next step now is for Cabinet to make a decision and then for the Attorney General’s chambers to finalise the draft legislation to go to the House of Assembly.”
When asked if the consumer protection legislation will be implemented this year, Penn said: “That is our intent.”
Residents have been clamouring for consumer protection laws for years.
Persons are now particularly antsy to see the law implemented given the spike in price gouging in the territory since the hurricanes.
“I think it’s very important for us to really protect not just the consumers but to protect the businesses as well because the businesses are being accused of things which in fact they are not actually doing,” the Junior Minister said yesterday.
Penn, who is a second-term legislator, had ‘guaranteed’ that the highly-anticipated legislation would be before the Cabinet by November 2017.
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