§ MR. ASHMEAD-BARTLETT (Sheffield, Ecclesall)
asked, What were the intentions of the Government as to their promised legislation on this subject?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. C. T. D. ACLAND) (Cornwall, Launceston)
My right hon. Friend the President answered this same Question on May 6, to the hon. Member for the Central Division of Sheffield (Mr. Howard Vincent). He then stated:—We had prepared a measure before Easter for the amendment of the Merchandize Marks Act, 1862; but, after conferring with our Representatives at the International Conference at Rome, including the Master Cutler, it was deemed advisable not to introduce a measure until after the Conference had completed its labours."—(3 Hansard,  365.)I may now add that the Delegates to the Industrial Property Convention have returned from Rome, and their official Report is in course of preparation. The Amendments to the Bill rendered necessary to carry out the Resolutions of the Convention are in the hands of the draftsman, and the Bill will be introduced when they are finally settled.