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German-Made Christmas Cards.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 21st November 1939.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that large numbers of German-made Christmas cards are likely to be sold shortly in competition with English makes; and what steps he will take to stop this?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

I have been informed that Christmas cards made in Germany were imported before the outbreak of the war and may shortly be on sale. I have no power to prohibit their sale, and any such prohibition would in no way prejudice the enemy but would inflict loss and injustice on the importers in this country.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

May I ask whether in future, and indeed even now, the country of origin could not be marked on them?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

I have no power to require that.