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Concern over consumer law delay

Concerns have been raised over a delay in the introduction of competition laws to protect consumers in Guernsey.

The legislation would allow the States to intervene if it was thought that businesses were charging too much because of lack of competition.

Despite deputies approving it a couple of years ago, there have been delays in getting the UK's Privy Council backing.

Deputy Graham Guille said he now plans to write to the Commerce and Employment department to find out a timeframe.

He said he believes the delay could impact on the daily lives of ordinary working people.

"From the rank and file deputies, myself included, it is deeply frustrating because these pieces of legislation are there to help protect the public," he added.

A spokesman for the States' Commerce and Employment department said although the law had been drafted, it needed to be rubberstamped by the Privy Council in Whitehall before it could be introduced in Guernsey.

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