HC Deb 03 August 1916 vol 85 cc485-6
39. Mr. BOYTON

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether there is any supervision or previous inquiries made as to the source from which advertisements come when offered for insertion in the "Board of Trade Journal"; if so, why are advertisements which appear in the July number accepted from the Hol-born Surgical Instrument Company, Limited, of 26, Thavies Inn, London, E.C., and the General Surgical Company, Limited, of 147 and 149, Farringdon Road, London, E.G.; and if both these companies were only recently incorporated and previously owned by persons bearing German names?


The reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The goods advertised in each case are of British manufacture, and while the two companies are permitted to trade in this country I see no reason for refusing to publish their advertisements in the "Board of Trade Journal." The Hol-born Surgical Instrument Company, Limited, was registered in 1903. The General Surgical Company was registered this year, and of its directors one, Mr. Goldschmidt, was naturalised twenty years ago, and the other, Mr. Schmerl, is a natural-born British subject.