HC Deb 23 March 1907 vol 171 c1371

To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the fact that large quantities of felt and cutlery made in Germany, and improperly marked "Sheffield," have recently been imported into Canada; whether any such goods so marked are imported into this country; and whether any, and, if so, what steps are taken by the Board of Trade to prevent the importation of such goods into this country.

(Answered by Mr. Lloyd-George.) With regard to the first part of the hon. Member's Question, my attention has been called to various paragraphs which have recently appeared in newspapers, and I am causing inquiry to be made on the subject. As regards the latter portion of the Question, I have no reason to suppose that goods marked in the manner suggested are imported into this country, but I am in communication with the Commissioners of Customs, who have full power to detain imported goods bearing false indications of origin. If the hon. Member will inform me as to any specific instances which have come within his own knowledge, I will cause immediate inquiry to be made into the matter.