HC Deb 20 May 1954 vol 527 c132W
60. Mr. Hale

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has now completed his investigation into allegations of Japanese infringement of Lancashire textile designs and trademarks; and what action he proposes to take.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

At my suggestion the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, acting in conjunction with the Cotton Board and the British Rayon and Synthetic Fibres Federation, have made arrangements to examine the evidence on which such allegations are based and to make recommendations. These arrangements have been given wide publicity within the trade and a number of complaints have already been received and investigated. As soon as I have the detailed reports, I intend to bring them to the notice of the Japanese Government.