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Imported Goods (Merchandise Marks)

Volume 640: debated on Tuesday 9 May 1961

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asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent the practice of some foreign and Commonwealth exporters of avoiding a clear indication of the country of origin of the goods they export to the United Kingdom has diminished; and, in particular, if he is satisfied that all imports of umbrellas and similar goods are thus clearly marked.

The Merchandise Marks Acts, 1887–1953, prescribe the conditions in which imported goods should bear the indication of origin. This may be either the word "foreign" or "Empire" as the case may be, or alternatively, a definite indication of the country in which the goods were manufactured or produced. The option rests with the person applying the indication. As regards umbrellas, the marking requirement applies to certain specified parts, but not complete umbrellas. My right hon. Friend has no reason to suppose that these requirements are not being met, where they apply, but he will be glad to consider any evidence that the hon. Member may care to send him.