HC Deb 25 July 1988 vol 138 cc102-5

'(1) A person holding an authorisation granted by the Secretary of State under the provisions of this section is an authorised person for the purpose of carrying on the business of acting as agent for others for the purpose of—

  1. (a) applying for or obtaining patents, in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, or
  2. (b) conducting proceedings before the comptroller relating to applications for, or otherwise in connection with, patents.

(2) An application for authorisation by the Secretary of State may be made by an individual, partnership or body corporate.

(3) The Secretary of State may make rules:—

  1. (a) regulating the manner in which any such application shall be made and any authorisation granted, and providing for the withdrawal, termination or suspension of any such authorisation, and
  2. (b) regulating the competence, professional practice, conduct and discipline of authorised persons.

(4) Without prejudice to the generality of the preceding subsection, rules under this section shall:—

  1. (a) prescribe minimum standards of general education that must have been obtained by persons who seek to hold an authorisation,
  2. (b) prescribe any education or training to be undergone by persons who seek to hold an authorisation,
  3. (c) require authorised persons to take out and maintain insurance with authorised insurers, and prescribe conditions which an insurance policy must satisfy, and
  4. (d) provide for a fund to indemnify members of the public against any losses incurred as a result of the advice or actions of authorised persons.

(5) In subsection (4), "authorised insurers" means a person permitted under the Insurance Companies Act 1982 to carry on:—

  1. (a) insurance business of class 13 in Schedule 2 to that Act; or
  2. (b) insurance business of classes 1,2, 14, 15, 16 and 17 in that Schedule.

(6) Rules under this section shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.'.—[Mr. Blair.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Motion made and Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 130, Noes 223.

Division No. 442] [8.18 pm
Allen, Graham Illsley, Eric
Anderson, Donald Ingram, Adam
Archer, Rt Hon Peter Janner, Greville
Ashdown, Paddy Kirkwood, Archy
Ashton, Joe Lamond, James
Barnes, Harry (Derbyshire NE) Leighton, Ron
Barron, Kevin Litherland, Robert
Beckett, Margaret Lloyd, Tony (Stretford)
Bennett, A. F. (D'nt'n & R'dish) Loyden, Eddie
Bermingham, Gerald McAllion, John
Bidwell, Sydney McAvoy, Thomas
Blair, Tony McKelvey, William
Boyes, Roland McLeish, Henry
Bradley, Keith McWilliam, John
Bray, Dr Jeremy Madden, Max
Brown, Nicholas (Newcastle E) Mahon, Mrs Alice
Bruce, Malcolm (Gordon) Marek, Dr John
Buchan, Norman Martin, Michael J. (Springburn)
Buckley, George J. Martlew, Eric
Caborn, Richard Meacher, Michael
Campbell, Ron (Blyth Valley) Meale, Alan
Campbell-Savours, D. N. Michael, Alun
Clark, Dr David (S Shields) Michie, Bill (Sheffield Heeley)
Clarke, Tom (Monklands W) Millan, Rt Hon Bruce
Clay, Bob Mitchell, Austin (G't Grimsby)
Clwyd, Mrs Ann Molyneaux, Rt Hon James
Cohen, Harry Morgan, Rhodri
Corbett, Robin Morley, Elliott
Cousins, Jim Morris, Rt Hon A. (W'shawe)
Crowther, Stan Mowlam, Marjorie
Cryer, Bob Mullin, Chris
Cummings, John Murphy, Paul
Cunliffe, Lawrence O'Brien, William
Darling, Alistair Patchett, Terry
Davies, Ron (Caerphilly) Pike, Peter L.
Davis, Terry (B'ham Hodge H'l) Powell, Ray (Ogmore)
Dewar, Donald Prescott, John
Dixon, Don Quin, Ms Joyce
Dobson, Frank Rees, Rt Hon Merlyn
Doran, Frank Roberts, Allan (Bootle)
Dunwoody, Hon Mrs Gwyneth Ross, Ernie (Dundee W)
Eadie, Alexander Rowlands, Ted
Eastham, Ken Sheerman, Barry
Evans, John (St Helens N) Short, Clare
Ewing, Harry (Falkirk E) Skinner, Dennis
Ewing, Mrs Margaret (Moray) Smith, Andrew (Oxford E)
Fields, Terry (L'pool B G'n) Smith, C. (Isl'ton & F'bury)
Fisher, Mark Smyth, Rev Martin (Belfast S)
Flynn, Paul Spearing, Nigel
Foot, Rt Hon Michael Taylor, Matthew (Truro)
Foster, Derek Turner, Dennis
Fraser, John Vaz, Keith
Galloway, George Wall, Pat
Garrett, Ted (Wallsend) Wallace, James
George, Bruce Wardell, Gareth (Gower)
Godman, Dr Norman A. Welsh, Andrew (Angus E)
Golding, Mrs Llin Welsh, Michael (Doncaster N)
Griffiths, Win (Bridgend) Wigley, Dafydd
Grocott, Bruce Williams, Rt Hon Alan
Haynes, Frank Williams, Alan W. (Carm'then)
Hinchliffe, David Wilson, Brian
Hogg, N. (C'nauld & Kilsyth) Winnick, David
Hoyle, Doug Worthington, Tony
Hughes, Robert (Aberdeen N)
Hughes, Roy (Newport E) Tellers for the Ayes:
Hughes, Sean (Knowsley S) Mr. Allen McKay and Mr. Robert N. Wareing.
Hughes, Simon (Southwark)
Alexander, Richard Atkinson, David
Alison, Rt Hon Michael Baker, Nicholas (Dorset N)
Amess, David Baldry, Tony
Arbuthnot, James Banks, Robert (Harrogate)
Arnold, Jacques (Gravesham) Batiste, Spencer
Arnold, Tom (Hazel Grove) Beaumont-Dark, Anthony
Ashby, David Bellingham, Henry
Aspinwall, Jack Bennett, Nicholas (Pembroke)
Atkins, Robert Benyon, W.
Bevan, David Gilroy Heathcoat-Amory, David
Biggs-Davison, Sir John Heddle, John
Blackburn, Dr John G. Heseltine, Rt Hon Michael
Bonsor, Sir Nicholas Hicks, Robert (Cornwall SE)
Boswell, Tim Higgins, Rt Hon Terence L.
Bottomley, Peter Hill, James
Bowden, A (Brighton K'pto'n) Hind, Kenneth
Bowden, Gerald (Dulwich) Howard, Michael
Bowis, John Howarth, Alan (Strat'd-on-A)
Braine, Rt Hon Sir Bernard Howarth, G. (Cannock & B'wd)
Brandon-Bravo, Martin Howe, Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey
Brazier, Julian Hughes, Robert G. (Harrow W)
Bright, Graham Hunt, David (Wirral W)
Brown, Michael (Brigg & Cl't's) Hunt, John (Ravensbourne)
Browne, John (Winchester) Hunter, Andrew
Bruce, Ian (Dorset South) Irvine, Michael
Buck, Sir Antony Irving, Charles
Budgen, Nicholas Jack, Michael
Burt, Alistair Janman, Tim
Butcher, John Jessel, Toby
Butler, Chris Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Butterfill, John Jones, Gwilym (Cardiff N)
Carlisle, John, (Luton N) Jones, Robert B (Herts W)
Carrington, Matthew Kellett-Bowman, Dame Elaine
Carttiss, Michael King, Roger (B'ham N'thfield)
Channon, Rt Hon Paul Knapman, Roger
Chapman, Sydney Knight, Greg (Derby North)
Chope, Christopher Knight, Dame Jill (Edgbaston)
Churchill, Mr Knowles, Michael
Clark, Hon Alan (Plym'th S'n) Knox, David
Coombs, Anthony (Wyre F'rest) Lang, Ian
Coombs, Simon (Swindon) Latham, Michael
Cope, Rt Hon John Lawrence, Ivan
Couchman, James Lee, John (Pendle)
Cran, James Lennox-Boyd, Hon Mark
Currie, Mrs Edwina Lester, Jim (Broxtowe)
Curry, David Lightbown, David
Day, Stephen Lilley, Peter
Devlin, Tim Lloyd, Peter (Fareham)
Dickens, Geoffrey Lord, Michael
Douglas-Hamilton, Lord James Lyell, Sir Nicholas
Dover, Den McCrindle, Robert
Durant, Tony Macfarlane, Sir Neil
Evans, David (Welwyn Hatf'd) MacKay, Andrew (E Berkshire)
Fallon, Michael McLoughlin, Patrick
Favell, Tony McNair-Wilson, Sir Michael
Fenner, Dame Peggy McNair-Wilson, P. (New Forest)
Fishburn, Dudley Major, Rt Hon John
Fookes, Miss Janet Malins, Humfrey
Forman, Nigel Mans, Keith
Forth, Eric Maples, John
Fox, Sir Marcus Marshall, John (Hendon S)
Franks, Cecil Marshall, Michael (Arundel)
Freeman, Roger Martin, David (Portsmouth S)
French, Douglas Maude, Hon Francis
Fry, Peter Maxwell-Hyslop, Robin
Gale, Roger Meyer, Sir Anthony
Gardiner, George Miller, Sir Hal
Garel-Jones, Tristan Mills, Iain
Gill, Christopher Miscampbell, Norman
Goodlad, Alastair Mitchell, Andrew (Gedling)
Goodson-Wickes, Dr Charles Moate, Roger
Gorman, Mrs Teresa Monro, Sir Hector
Gow, Ian Montgomery, Sir Fergus
Gower, Sir Raymond Morris, M (N'hampton S)
Greenway, John (Ryedale) Morrison, Sir Charles
Gregory, Conal Morrison, Rt Hon P (Chester)
Griffiths, Sir Eldon (Bury St E') Moss, Malcolm
Griffiths, Peter (Portsmouth N) Moynihan, Hon Colin
Ground, Patrick Mudd, David
Hamilton, Neil (Tatton) Neale, Gerrard
Hanley, Jeremy Neubert, Michael
Hannam, John Newton, Rt Hon Tony
Hargreaves, A. (B'ham H'll Gr') Nicholls, Patrick
Hargreaves, Ken (Hyndburn) Nicholson, David (Taunton)
Harris, David Nicholson, Emma (Devon West)
Haselhurst, Alan Onslow, Rt Hon Cranley
Hawkins, Christopher Page, Richard
Hayes, Jerry Paice, James
Hayward, Robert Patnick, Irvine
Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth Stern, Michael
Porter, Barry (Wirral S) Stewart, Andy (Sherwood)
Porter, David (Waveney) Sumberg, David
Portillo, Michael Summerson, Hugo
Powell, William (Corby) Taylor, John M (Solihull)
Price, Sir David Thompson, D. (Calder Valley)
Rathbone, Tim Thorne, Neil
Redwood, John Thurnham, Peter
Riddick, Graham Townend, John (Bridlington)
Ridley, Rt Hon Nicholas Tredinnick, David
Ridsdale, Sir Julian Waddington, Rt Hon David
Roberts, Wyn (Conwy) Ward, John
Rost, Peter Wardle, Charles (Bexhill)
Ryder, Richard Watts, John
Sackville, Hon Tom Wheeler, John
Shaw, David (Dover) Widdecombe, Ann
Shaw, Sir Giles (Pudsey) Winterton, Mrs Ann
Shaw, Sir Michael (Scarb') Winterton, Nicholas
Shelton, William (Streatham) Wood, Timothy
Shephard, Mrs G. (Norfolk SW) Woodcock, Mike
Shepherd, Colin (Hereford)
Sims, Roger Tellers for the Noes:
Skeet, Sir Trevor Mr. Stephen Dorrell and Mr. David Maclean.
Speller, Tony
Spicer, Michael (S Worcs)

Question accordingly negatived.

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