§ Sir Geoffrey Finsberg
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has received the judgment of the European Court of Justice on the origin marking order; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Fletcher
The European Court of Justice has now delivered its judgment that the Origin Marking Order (the Trade Descriptions (Origin Marking) (Miscellaneous Goods) Order 1981) is in breach of Article 30 of the EEC Treaty, in so far as it relates to goods imported from elsewhere in the Community. The Government will be carefully considering the judgment and its implications for the future of the Order, and will consult bodies representative of those affected as soon as possible.