HC Deb 08 March 1957 vol 566 c120W
Captain Kerby

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that if 25 per cent. again of the original cost is expended in Hong Kong on making-up Japanese material, and if some process is alleged to have been employed, such merchandise can be imported into the United Kingdom, duty free, as "Empire" goods and no infringement of the Merchandise Marks Act will have occurred; and what amendment he will make to the Act to enable him to put a stop to this state of affairs.

Sir D. Eccles

My hon. and gallant Friend is mistaken in thinking that goods which meet the statutory conditions for duty at reduced rates or free entry from Hong Kong are necessarily also qualified under the Merchandise Marks Acts to be marked "Empire." I do not think that any alteration to the Merchandise Marks Acts is required.