HC Deb 27 October 1919 vol 120 cc246-7

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the importation of German goods into the United Kingdom is being permitted without any marks of origin being placed on the goods?


asked the Prime Minister whether German goods are now being imported to the United Kingdom without any marks or origin; and, if so, whether this is being dune with the sanction of the Government?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Auckland Geddes)

The requirements in regard to the marking of German goods are the same in every way as those applicable to goods imported from any other country. They are set out in a Memorandum issued by the Commissioners of Customs which I am sending to my hon. Friend. Speaking broadly, goods are only required to bear on importation a definite indication of their country or origin when they already bear marks which without that indication would be calculated to deceive. I have recently appointed a Committee, under the chairmanship of the hon. Member for Wells, to inquire inter aliainto the question whether the law at present in force in regard to this matter requires any extension or amendment.