§ MR. WOOTTON ISAACSON (Tower Hamlets, Stepney)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, owing to the great importation of foreign whips, which are subsequently sold as British, a grievous injury is inflicted on the workmen em- 765 ployed in whip-making in this country; and whether he will take immediate steps to cause all imported whips to be marked with their place of origin?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. MUNDELLA,) Sheffield, Brightside
Whips not being separated from other articles of leathern manufacture on the import lists, I do not know how many are imported. If foreign whips are sold as British the vendors come under the provisions of the Merchandise Marks Act. I have no power to compel the marking of any article of merchandise.