§ Mr. BARNES
asked the Lord Advocate if Messrs. Singers, of Clydebank, are importing sewing machine parts from America and selling machines including such parts as British-made goods; and will he consider the advisability of amendment of the Merchandise Marks Act to stop such a practice?
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. I would point out to my hon. Friend that under the Merchandise Marks Act a false trade description means a trade descriptions which is false in a material respect as regards the goods to which it is applied. If my hon. Friend will furnish me with specific details of the practice to which he refers I shall be prepared to consider them from this point of view, but as at present advised I am not proposing to amend the Act.
§ Mr. JAMES HOPE
May I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman would not also consider the advisability of putting a 20 per cent. duty on these machines?
§ Mr. BARNES
asked the Lord Advocate if Messrs. Singers, Clydebank, are discharging workpeople in consequence of such workpeople having taken part in a trade dispute; and, if so, will he consider the advisability of taking steps by legislation, or otherwise, to prevent workpeople being discharged for such reasons?
My attention has been called to a newspaper paragraph relating to this case. As at present advised, I do not see how the Board of Trade could usefully intervene?
§ Mr. KEIR HARDIE
May I ask whether the President of the Board of Trade could not send an officer down to inquire into the facts of the case?
I could not undertake to do that without some request on the part of those interested. I am watching the matter.