Defence Contracts [Money]

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1957.

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Resolution reported,That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to amend the enactments authorising the use of patented inventions and registered designs for the services of the Crown in respect of articles required for defence and similar purposes by the Governments of allied or associated countries or the United Nations, and to make permanent provision with respect to the use for defence and similar purposes of other technical information protected by contractual arrangements, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament—

  1. (a) of any increase in the sums payable to patentees and other persons under the said enactments which is attributable to provisions of the said Act of the present Session—
    1. (i) amending those enactments in respect of the uses of inventions and designs which (apart from any period of emergency in force thereunder) may be made by or with the authority of a Government department;
    2. (ii) providing for payments to be made' by Government departments in respect of the use or reproduction of models, documents and information in connection with the use of inventions and designs in pursuance of those enactments;
  2. (b) of payments to be made by a competent authority (as defined by the said Act of the present Session) under provisions of that Act relating to the use of technical information (as so defined), being payments to persons entitled to the benefit of contractual and other restrictions or obligations affected by any authorisation given or treated as given by such an authority under those provisions.

Resolution agreed to.