HC Deb 04 April 1884 vol 286 c1649

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign A Hairs. When he will lay upon the Table the terms of the accession of this country to the International Convention on Patents; and, whether he will append thereto any Correspondence on the subject with our Colonies and Foreign Powers?


The acceptance of the British accession, which accession was communicated to the French Government on the 17th ultimo, has not yet been reported by Her Majesty's Ambassador; but when it is received, the Convention, together with the British Declaration of Accession, will be presented in the usual course to Parliament. I think that the Correspondence to which my hon. Friend refers can be laid upon the Table; but it will be necessary to consult the Departments more particularly concerned. The only Foreign Correspondence is with the French Government, who have carried on the negotiations.