§ SIR JOHN LENG
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he can arrange that in the published accounts of the Controller of the Patent Office a fair proportion of the charges for salaries, printing, stationery, and buildings, should be apportioned under the three separate headings for patents, trade marks, and designs, so that the surplus under each heading may be clearly seen?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. C. T. RITCHIE,) Croydon
I am afraid I cannot comply with the request of the hon. Member. In an endeavour to make "a fair proportion" the Controller could not be even approximately accurate, and it would be a misfortune to prepare accounts for publication on a basis which might lay them open to adverse criticism.