HC Deb 05 May 1955 vol 540 cc1880-1
19. Mr. Russell

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now give a decision about the withdrawal of the option under the Merchandise Marks Act, 1926, which allows imported goods, which are required to be marked, to bear the words "Foreign" or "Empire," instead of the name of the country of origin.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

I am considering the views of Commonwealth and Colonial Governments on this matter.

Mr. Russell

How long will it take to decide this question? I appreciate all the difficulties involved, but it has been under consideration for some considerable time.

Mr. Thorneycroft

Yes. I have not received all the views of the Commonwealth yet, but as soon as I do I shall give them consideration.