Merchandise Marks (Trade Descriptions)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th July 1954.

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Photo of Mr Charles Hale Mr Charles Hale , Oldham West 12:00 am, 6th July 1954

Is not this a case of the Board being in labour and producing a splinter? Would the Minister consider the wholly unsatisfactory situation arising from the administration of this Act, which means that the Board of Trade lays down the standard, the Board of Trade has to decide whether the standard has been infringed and the Board of Trade brings the case? Would it not be better to hand this matter over to the Director of Public Prosecutions and have an independent public investigation of the many cases which are being brought of breaches of this Act?