HC Deb 07 April 1930 vol 237 cc1767-8
43. Colonel HOWARD-BURY (for Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE)

asked the Minister of Agriculture if, in cases where definite infringements of the Merchandise Marks Act have been traced, prosecutions are instituted by his Department; and if he can give the number of prosecutions during this year?


So far as the Merchandise Marks Acts of 1887 and 1894 are concerned, the answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, in cases where the necessary evidence is available. The enforcement of foodstuffs Marking Orders under the Merchandise Marks Act of 1926 normally rests with local authorities, who are given special power of entry, which the Ministry does not possess. There has been one prosecution by the Ministry this year under the 1887 and 1894 Acts and a conviction was obtained. A number of successful prosecutions have also been taken by local authorities under the Act of 1926.