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Rifles (Component Parts)

Volume 155: debated on Monday 12 June 1922

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asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the whole component parts of rifles which are manufactured in Belgium and other parts abroad are permitted to receive the proof-house marks of London and Birmingham; and whether, seeing that this practice is not in compliance with the charters of these houses, which are for the exclusive use of British manufacture, and that the proof-house marks placed upon the component parts of rifles manufactured abroad make it appear that the whole of the rifle and the component parts have been manufactured in the United Kingdom, he will inquire into the matter?

I have been asked to answer this question. I am not at present aware of the circumstances or merits of the case, but I am inquiring into it as the hon. Member suggests, and will communicate with him further.