§ MR. SCHWANN (Manchester, N.)
asked the President of the Board of Trade, If, under the new Merchandize Marks Act, it is permissible for the Custom House authorities to delay cases of goods, send samples to the Board of Trade, and then forward the goods finally to consignees, without returning the samples subtracted for submission to the Board, thereby causing on some occasions a loss of several per cent on the value of the goods; and, if this is not permissible, how is the consignee to obtain redress, which is denied at present?
THE PRESIDENT (Sir MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH) (Bristol, W.)
No samples of goods detained under the Merchandize Marks Act have been forwarded by the Custom House authorities to the Board of Trade. It may be that the local Customs Authorities forwarded samples to the Board of Customs in London; but that, of course, has nothing to do with the Board of Trade.