HC Deb 16 July 1903 vol 125 c859

To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether in view of the fact stated in the introductory Memorandum to Parliamentary Paper [C. 8449], that a considerable proportion of the apparent increase in foreign importations is attributed in most of the colonies to the effect of the Merchandise Marks Act, he proposes to amend or to repeal that measure.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Chamberlain.) The Memorandum to which the hon. Member refers did not state that the measure in question had proved injurious to British industries. The question of the policy of repealing is one for the Board of Trade to consider.