§ Mr. Corbett
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what new measures he proposes to combat the counterfeiting of manufactured goods in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Pattie
[pursuant to his reply, 15 January 1986, c. 591]: The existing laws covered trade descriptions, trade marks, copyright, patents, designs, and passing-off provide an effective framework of protection to deal with counterfeit manufactured goods in the United Kingdom. Some proposals for change have been put forward by the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, which represents firms in a range of industries, and these form the subject of current discussions between the Group and my officials. I shall carefully consider what action could or should be taken in the light of these discussions.