HC Deb 19 January 1981 vol 997 cc74-5W
Mr. Cryer

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what representations he has received for legislation requiring the origin of cloth to be marked on major items of outerwear; and whether he intends to act on these representations by producing an order to this effect.

Mrs. Sally Oppenheim

I have received many representations along these lines. But the practical and legal objections to such a requirement are so formidable that no action is contemplated.

Mr. Cryer

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what action he has taken to ensure that the Government of Taiwan are aware of Her Majesty's Government's views on counterfeit marking of cloth and other items as though they are made in Great Britain; what response has been received; if he is satisfied by that response; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Parkinson

The Anglo-Taiwan trade committee has made representations to the Board of Foreign Trade and has been advised that action is being taken to stop these practices. I expressed the concern of the Government in the House on 19 December and I will not be satisfied until United Kingdom businessmen are able to report that these practices have in fact ceased.