HC Deb 15 June 1911 vol 26 cc1664-5

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a large quantity of goods made abroad enter this country without any mark of origin, and are subsequently marked with the names of British importing houses; and whether seeing that this practice is a practical evasion of the Merchandise Marks Act, he will take steps to render obscurity of origin impossible?


I am aware of the practice referred to, but there is nothing in the Merchandise Marks Act which prevents a trader or dealer so marking his name on foreign made goods, and so long as the goods are not made to bear a false indication of the country where they were produced or a false trade description, I do not see how the practice can be regarded as an evasion of the Act.