Imported Goods (Marking)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1954.

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Photo of Mr Ronald Russell Mr Ronald Russell , Wembley South 12:00 am, 13th May 1954

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has now reached a decision about the withdrawal of the option under the Merchandise Marks Act, 1926, which allows imported goods, which are required to be marked, to bear the words "Foreign" or "Empire" instead of the name of the country of origin.

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

No, Sir: the matter is still under consideration.

Photo of Mr Ronald Russell Mr Ronald Russell , Wembley South

As this matter has been under consideration for several months, can my right hon. Friend say when his conclusion will be reached? Is he taking into consideration the desire of many consumers on this point?

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I am taking into consideration the diverse and sometimes conflicting views of quite a number of organisations, but I hope to reach a decision before long.