HC Deb 13 March 1913 vol 50 cc387-8
2. Sir J. D. REES

asked whether the Government has information to the effect that a Bill will be introduced into the United States Congress to afford greater protection to original designs in manufacturing; whether piracy of textile designs has been long rife in the United States and reduced to a regular trade; and whether British Consular officers in the United States have been instructed to give their support to the above-mentioned Bill in the interests of British textile industries?


I have seen statements in the Press to the effect that a Bill dealing with designs may be introduced into the United States Congress, but I have no official information on the subject. His Majesty's Ambassador at Washington will be instructed to furnish a report on the subject and to forward a copy of any Bill dealing with the matter which may be introduced. The provisions of the Bill, when received, will be carefully considered, with a view to seeing whether they are such as would render desirable any communication to the United States Government.