Patent Office (Delays)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1948.

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Photo of Mr Peter Freeman Mr Peter Freeman , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent) 12:00 am, 20th January 1948

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the long delays occurring at the Patent Office; and what steps are being taken to improve the situation.

Photo of Mr John Belcher Mr John Belcher , Sowerby

I have been asked to reply. I am aware that, owing to circumstances arising out of the war, there are long delays at the Patent Office in the examination of applications for patents. It will necessarily take time to remedy the position, but considerable additions have been made to the staff and further appointments will be made during the year.