HC Deb 27 June 1889 vol 337 c884

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been directed to a statement in the Ironmonger of 22nd June, by Mr. Donald Kempson, of Birmingham, who has recently visited Australia—namely, But I was sorry to find that, notwithstanding the operation of the Merchandize Marks Act, English merchants are still sending out wire of German manufacture branded with their own (the merchant's) names as makers; and, whether he will take the necessary steps to put a stop to these irregular proceedings?


By the courtesy of the hon. Member, I have had an opportunity of seeing the newspaper named. I have no information as to the practice referred to, but if it exists, the proper way of dealing with it appears to me to be by legislation in the Colonies on the lines of the Imperial Act, and the expediency of such legislation has been pressed upon the Colonial Governments, who have promised to undertake it.