HC Deb 05 February 1953 vol 510 c2005
16. Mr. Shepherd

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps will be taken to check the validity of the use of the British Standards Institution mark on furniture; and how far improper use carries any penalty.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

The "Kite" mark was registered as a certification trade mark under the Trade Marks Act, 1938, by the British Standards Institution; and they employ inspectors to watch its use. Misapplication of the mark can be the subject either of a civil suit for infringement of trade mark, or of a prosecution under the Merchandise Marks Acts.

Mr. Shepherd

Is it not quite untrue to say that the use of this mark bears no penalty and that traders can ignore it without any trouble?

Mr. Thorneycroft

Certainly; it would be quite untrue to say that.

Mr. Shepherd

I am much obliged.