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Smith welcomes commitment to delivery charge summit

September 14, 2013 7:11 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Sir Robert Smith, Liberal Democrat MP for West Aberdeenshire andRobert SmithRobert Smith Kincardine has welcomed the UK Government's commitment to a summit with retailers to tackle excessive delivery charges.

The commitment was given by Jo Swinson MP, the Minister for Consumer Affairs during the debating of Sir Robert's Delivery Charge Bill at Westminster. The Bill would require online retailers to declare the presence of any delivery surcharges to consumers before they start browsing.

The Bill is part of his campaign to end excessive delivery surcharges and to make surcharges more transparent. The Campaign was launched last week at the Westhill CAB.

Commenting Sir Robert said:

"I'm pleased that the debate today has put the spotlight on the need for retailers to address this issue and I very much welcome the Minister's commitment to a summit with retailers. I will continue to campaign to end these excessive and unfair surcharges.

"The work of Trading Standards and consumer groups shows that by engaging with retailers, it is possible to greatly reduce or end these surcharges that are so unfair to consumers in Aberdeenshire and the North of Scotland.

"I would urge anyone else who is fed up with these charges to support the campaign by signing the petition. The petition has been sent to many houses, is available at CAB centres and at www.fairerdeliverycharges.net."