Issued By
North Yorkshire
County Council

AGE-RESTRICTED SALES SEMINARS FOR TRADERS

TRADERS in North Yorkshire are being invited to three seminars where they can learn about the legal controls on sales of age-restricted products such as cigarettes, fireworks, videos, knives, alcohol and solvents.

North Yorkshire County Council's trading standards services is responsible for enforcing this legislation. In the past two years 23 businesses have been reported for selling restricted products to children. A further 18 have been reported this year, many for selling knives and other offensive weapons.

To tie in with this year's National Consumer Week, an initiative organised by the Trading Standards Institute, the service has arranged seminars in Northallerton, Scarborough and Harrogate so that retailers can learn which products are restricted, about the legal controls that apply and what they can do to protect themselves.

Councillor Carl Les, the county council's executive member for trading standards, said: “Some of these products present a hazard to the health and well-being of young users, while others can lead to wider social problems. The county council has always been concerned about the problems caused when age-restricted products fall into young hands and has long been very active in enforcing the laws covering their sale.

"These seminars are another way of getting the message across and we hope that retailers will take the opportunity to learn about this very important area of law.”

The seminars will be held from 1-5pm at Northallerton on November 11, Scarborough on November 19, and Harrogate on November 28. All delegates will receive an information pack and will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns with trading standards officers. The seminars will run from 1pm to 5pm and delegates must book in advance by calling Sharon Edwards on 01609-768613 or by sending an e-mail to sharon.edwards@northyorks.gov.uk

1-10-'03

Contact: David Sayer on 01609-768619

Executive member: Councillor Carl Les (Con) 01677-423702 Mob: 07860-639600
Group spokespeople: Councillor Steve Shaw-Wright (Lab) 01757-708849; Councillor Mrs Caroline Seymour (Lib-Dem) 01642-710382