HC Deb 11 March 1948 vol 448 cc1399-400
16. Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action his Department takes to ensure that the provisions of the Merchandise Marks Acts are subscribed to by traders and others responsible for the insertion of advertisements in the Press.

Mr. H. Wilson

Action is constantly being taken, thy publicity, explanation, advice, and warning, to ensure compliance with these requirements by traders and others. Where the public interest is involved, the Board are empowered to prosecute, and have done so on many occasions in the past. But it is open to any person to initiate proceedings for offences under the Merchandise Marks Acts, and we normally look to traders to watch their own interests in these matters. I shall be glad to consider any particular cases of contravention which my hon. Friend may bring to my notice.