Copyright Convention

Oral Answers to Questions — U.N.E.S.C.O. – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16 November 1954.

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Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I can give no promise of such legislation.

Photo of Mr Christopher Hollis Mr Christopher Hollis , Devizes

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the British Government have given their support to this Convention, and that everybody will be in a very difficult position if there is not legislation within the reasonably near future?

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

Yes, I bear these matters very much in mind, but I cannot give any promise of legislation.

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby South

Would not this Convention be very greatly in the financial interests of this country by helping with our balance of payments? Would it not also be in the interests of those who write books? Will the right hon. Gentleman consult the distinguished authors on the Treasury Bench, and see if he cannot change his attitude?

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I shall make inquiries in what I regard as all the appropriate places.