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British Manufactured Goods (Counterfeiting)

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Secretar of State for Trade (1) if he will list in the Official Report examples bought to his attention of the counterfeiting of British manufactured goods; if he will study such counterfeiting; and if he will make a statement;(2) what negotiations have taken place with the Taiwanese and other Governments on the counterfeiting of British manufactured goods by unauthorised overseas manufacturers; and what progress has been made in such negotiations ;(3) what representations he has received about the counterfeiting of British manufactured goods; and if he will make a statement.

A case involving the counterfeiting of United Kingdom hosiery by a South Korean manufacturer was taken up with the Korean Government and has been resolved. As the hon. Member is aware, we are unable to treat in a similar way cases that have arisen in respect of Taiwan. Here the United Kingdom manufacturers concerned have been advised to make direct representations to those concerned either directly or through the Anglo-Taiwan Trade Committee. I have received no specific information to support allegations of

counterfeiting by manufacturers in other countries.