Oral Answers to Questions — Industrial Assurance Committee (Evidence).

– in the House of Commons on 18th April 1934.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson , Hitchin

54.

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury why the Crown copyright has not been reserved on memoranda of evidence submitted by interested parties to the Industrial Assurance Committee; and whether he will ensure that such documents, when published by the Stationery Office, should in future be the exclusive coypright of the Crown?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

It is now the practice to print on all Government publications of this kind the words "Crown Copyright Reserved," but the absence of this marking does not affect the legal position, which is governed by Section 18 of the Copyright Act, 1911.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson , Hitchin

55.

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury why certain appendices to the minutes of evidence before the departmental committee on Industrial Assurance containing ex parte statements, printed in the first instance at the cost of interested parties, are published by the Stationery Office as official publications apart from the body of relevant evidence; and whether he has considered the abuses to which this practice may give rise?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

It is the practice of the Stationery Office occasionally, if such a course is otherwise convenient, to save the cost of double composition by purchasing, for official publication, copies of memoranda such as the appendices to the minutes of evidence before the Departmental Committee on Industrial Assurance, which have already been set up in type by the parties giving the evidence. The practice is economical and I am not aware of any abuses to which it has given rise.