HC Deb 02 March 1926 vol 192 cc1207-8

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that certain Eastern markets are being supplied with sail-makers' needles made in Japan and marked with the name of a well-known firm of needle makers of Redditch, Worcestershire, labels being attached stating that the needles are manufactured by the firm in question in England, and that, as a consequence of this practice, loss is being caused to the manufacturers and work- people employed in the needle industry in Worcestershire; and will he take action, by representation to the Government of Japan, to put a stop to this imitation of business names and labels which is at present going on?


The case to which my hon. Friend is referring was brought to the notice of the Redditch firm concerned by the Department of Overseas Trade. I am in communication with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in regard to the case.


Is it not casting a reflection on the commercial honesty of our Allies?