§ MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S. E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that many thousands of Dutch fruit baskets, without a mark of origin, are delivered at the Port of London, to the prejudice of makers, chiefly of the poorer class; and whether this practice is not in contravention of the Merchandise Marks Act, Clause 5?
§ MR. H. H. FOWLER
As I understand the policy of the Act, it was intended to prevent the importation of goods bearing false trade descriptions, and purporting to be of English make. Unless, therefore, the baskets referred to bear marks which would otherwise be illegal under the Act, no mark of origin is required to satisfy the law.