HC Deb 24 October 1912 vol 42 cc2397-8W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been directed to the abuse of the word exhibition by certain providers of public entertainments in London; if he is aware that shows have been widely advertised as exhibitions, in terms suggestive of displays of the products of various countries, which do not even attempt to perform

what they promise; if lie is aware that such shows are calculated to prevent London from enjoying real industrial exhibitions; and whether he can promise legislation to prohibit the use of the term in connection with shows using the names of our Domiminions over the seas or of foreign countries except for properly organised efforts, the schemes of which have the sanction and approval of the Board of Trade?


I have received no complaints as to the public being misled by any abuse of the word "exhibition," although the attention of the Board of Trade has been drawn to a few cases in which exhibitors have been misled by the titles under which certain exhibitions have been announced. I doubt if it would be possible to restrict the use of the word "exhibition" as suggested by my hon. Friend; but the whole question of the regulation and limitation of international exhibitions and the prevention of abuses connected therewith is now being considered by an international conference at Berlin, at which the Board of Trade are represented. I may add that the exhibitions branch of the Board of Trade are at all times ready to furnish applicants with

any information in their power respecting any exhibition with regard to which particulars may be desired.