The Welsh Affairs Committee will hold a short inquiry into the future representation of consumer interests in Wales.
Through the Public Bodies Bill, which is currently before Parliament, the Government proposes to make provision to change the relevant consumer and competition bodies in the UK. Currently Consumer Focus Wales (part of Consumer Focus) is the statutory consumer advocacy body which operates across the whole of Wales to represent consumers in public and private sectors. Consumer Focus Wales has a range of statutory powers and functions with specific responsibility to represent consumers in the gas, electricity and postal sectors.
The Government, through the Public Bodies Bill, has identified Consumer Focus as a public body to be abolished. The Government has stated that the final composition of future arrangements will be informed by a public consultation conducted by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) which proposes that some or all of the functions of Consumer Focus will be transferred to Citizen’s Advice. The Government recognises within the consultation that specific arrangements for implementation of the proposals may need to be made for Wales.
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