HC Deb 15 March 1916 vol 80 c2087

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that quantities of foreign margarine are being imported and sold under English designations; that, for instance, the Home Flag brand, adorned with the Union Jack, is manufactured by Messrs. Blumenthal and Kirchoven in Holland; whether the Ensign brand, flying the British naval flag, is also manufactured in Holland, and that both these brands are sold here without any intimation of their foreign origin; and whether, in view of the necessity of stopping unnecessary imports, something will be done to at least enable the public to know and distinguish between foreign and English-made margarine?


If the hon. Gentleman will send me specimens of the labels or descriptions under which these brands are imported into the United Kingdom, I will consult the Commissioners of Customs and Excise with a view to ascertaining whether they are imported in contravention of Section 16 of the Merchandise Marks Act, 1887.