§ [SECOND READING.]
§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
§ LORD SOUTHWARK
My Lords, I ask your Lordships to give a Second Reading to this Bill, the object of which is to amend Section 64 of the Trade Marks Act, 1905. This Bill was introduced into the House of Commons by my hon. friend Mr. Needham, the Member for South-West Manchester, on behalf of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, which is a statutory authority under the 1905 Act for dealing with cotton trade marks. The object of the Bill is to clear up a doubt which exists as to whether some registrations which have already taken place under the Act of 1905 are valid. The Bill is of a retrospective 305 nature. The question dealt with is of a technical trade character, and all parties are agreed, including the sewing cotton trade; and the Bill also has the approval of the President of the Board of Trade. The Bill was backed by Members of the House of Commons sitting in all parts of the House, and it has received all-round support. In fact, there has been no opposition to it. Therefore I need not trouble your Lordships with any further remarks at this stage. Should any of your Lordships want further information or think that any of the clauses are unsatisfactory, an opportunity will be afforded for considering them at the Committee stage. I beg to move.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2ª.—(Lord Southwark.)
§ THE EARL OF GRANARD
My Lords, the noble Lord has very justly said that the Board of Trade offer no opposition to this Bill. The Bill has passed through the House of Commons without amendment, and I trust that it will pass through this House in a like manner.
§ On Question, Bill read 2ª, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Tuesday next.