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Letter from Lord Toby Harris, Chairman National Trading Standards Board

national-trading-standardsChairman: Lord Harris
National Trading Standards Board
c/o ACTSO Ltd
Sylvan Court
Sylvan Way
Southfields Business Park
Basildon
Essex
SS 15 6TH

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Mr Khalid Parvez
General Secretary
Association of British Hajjaj (Pilgrims) UK
Southside Centre
249 Ladypool Road
Birmingham, B12 8LF

27 May 2015

Dear Mr Parvez

Thank you for your letter dated 1211 May 2015 and the suggestions made therein. As you are aware National Trading Standards funded Birmingham Trading Standards to deliver a national project which targeted illegal activity relating to Hajj.

The outcomes of the project included the following:-

  • Successfully supported/enabled/upskilled staff from 19 local authority trading standards and 2 police forces in inspection and investigation of Hajj and Umrah non-compliance.
  • 182 number of business premises were inspected nationally.
  • 147 (81%) of Hajj and Umrah package tour operators were found to be non-compliant.
  • Of the non-compliant businesses 129 (88%) were issued with trader notices or letters of warning.
  • Formal enforcement action has been undertaken in 17 cases (12%), i.e. 13 prosecutions are pending support from BTS has included attending PACE interviews. A further 4 businesses were issued with formal cautions.

The assessment of the project is now taking place and NTS officers are in the process of discussing with Birmingham Trading Standards if any further support and activity can take place this year.

The suggestions you have made are eminently sensible and will be discussed with our colleagues in Birmingham. National Tasking Group, who will be making the decision on any future funding, welcomes and encourages the delivery of our objectives through joined up working with organisations so your offer to help in anyway is very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

toby-harris
Lord Toby Harris

Chairman, National Trading Standards Board

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