Concentration of Industry (Trade Marks).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, under concentration of industry, he- will state the number and names of trades whose products are to be pooled under the condition on sale to the public that no reference is made to trade marks; is he aware that this arrangement lowers the all-round standard of production instead of at least maintaining it; and whether he has taken into consideration the view of traders thus affected that the object of the new regulation could be equally achieved were the use of trade marks permitted?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

No such condition as that referred to in the first part of the Question has been imposed by the Board of Trade under any concentration scheme. Normally, the goods produced by the nucleus firm on behalf of the closed firm are sold under the latter's trade mark, but whether this is so or not is left to private agreement between the parties to the concentration arrangement.