THE Government is to probe the collapse of Christmas hamper firm Farepak.
Trade Secretary Alistair Darling said it was a "matter of great concern" that thousands of families had lost cash when the company went into administration on October 13.
And Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has also launched his own investigation into a problem which has hit dozens of local families.
He is to meet Consumer Minister Ian McCartney .
Mr Sheerman said; "I have been contacted bya number of people in Huddersfield, including one elderly woman who lost £1,000.
"Anyone who has suffered in this case to should contact me at the Commons".
Mr Darling told the Trade and Industry Select Committee that his department's Companies Investigations Branch were looking into the affair.
The DTI investigators have the power to ask for documentation, records and anything else relating to the company to determine whether there has been wrong-doing.
They can recommend that the Department take legal action against the company itself or anyone involved in running it.
Brighouse businessman Stevan Fowler has no longer any involvment with Farepak.