HC Deb 06 November 1970 vol 805 cc485-6W
Mr. William Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation to end the exemption from hall-marking which is at present enjoyed by gold and silver

the industry themselves welcome the prospect of Britain joining the Community.

Sir R. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what quantities of butter have been imported into Hong Kong from the countries of the European Economic Community in each month of 1970 so far; at what price; and how the price compares with that of Australian and New Zealand butter offered to Hong Kong.

Mr. Anthony Grant

Information about prices, whether quoted or actual, is not available. The average value per pound can be calculated for trade recorded in a period but differences in these average values may reflect differences in quality. Following is information on quantities, values and average values:

lockets and rings which have stones set into them and to cause nine-carat gold to be described by a name other than gold.

Mr. Ridley

Exemptions and the appropriate description of precious metal alloys are among the points being considered in the present review of hall-marking law, but I cannot yet say when legislation will be possible.