HC Deb 23 July 1925 vol 186 cc2415-6
54. Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that German firms are preparing to import into Great Britain pencils not marked with the country of origin; and will he take steps to stop this importation?


I have no reason to suppose that the necessary steps will not be taken by the proper authorities to prevent the importation of German or other goods of foreign origin which bear marks contravening the law relating to merchandise marks. But I would point out to my hon. and gallant Friend that, under the law, goods of foreign manufacture are required to bear a definite indication of origin only if they also bear a name or trade mark being or purporting to be a name or trade mark of any manufacturer, dealer or trader in the United Kingdom, and further that such qualification is not required if the goods are certified by the importer to be intended solely for gratuitous distribution as advertisements, and the trader whose name they bear does not deal in or manufacture such articles.