§ MR. CLAUDE HAY (Shoreditch, Hoxton)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that large consignments of empty cardboard boxes, bearing English wording and not marked in accordance with the Merchandise Marks Act, 1867, are being regularly imported into this country; and whether he will take the necessary steps to ensure that the Customs authorities, shall be instructed to enforce the provisions of the Merchandise Marks Act in respect of such goods.
§ MR. RUNCIMAN
The Board of Customs are not aware that there have 337 been any importations of empty cardboard boxes marked with English words in such a manner as to contravene the Merchandise Marks Act, 1887. I beg, however, to refer the hon. Member to the Answer given on the 8th instant† by my hon. friend the Secretary of the Board of Trade on the somewhat analogous subject of the importation of match boxes. I have no doubt that the cases of these carboard boxes will not be overlooked in the consideration of the question promised by him.