HC Deb 20 January 1987 vol 108 c459W
Mr. Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it his policy that goods bearing a United Kingdom name or mark must continue to be marked with their country of origin.

Mr. Howard

For the reasons set out in my reply of 1 December 1986 at columns 434–35 to my hon. Friend, the Member for Southend, East (Mr. Taylor), it is not possible to maintain the present requirements of the Trade Descriptions Act 1972. It does, however, remain the Government's policy that consumers should be protected against being misled about the origin of goods and my Department is currently consulting interested parties on the scope for supplementing the protection afforded by the Trade Descriptions Act 1968.