HC Deb 11 March 1890 vol 342 cc502-3

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the following article in the British Trade Journal, namely:— A French firm are now exporting their own manufactures with an Irish name. Balbriggan underwear and hosiery has long possessed a fame unapproached by any other description. Its success has led French houses to make full lines of hosiery in all grades and qualities, and to stamp them as 'Balbriggan;' and whether the manufacture so carried on by this French firm is in contravention of the Act of 1887, in case the goods go stamped are imported into this country?


This is a subject which would. I apprehend, be governed by Section 18 of the Merchandise Marks Act. The interpretation of the section as applied to any particular case is a matter upon which I cannot express an opinion, and must rest with the Courts.