HC Deb 07 May 1925 vol 183 cc1176-7W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will explain why in certain cases the full royalties payable in respect of restored Austrian copyrights instead of only 25 per cent. thereof have, by the direction of the administrator, 'been paid to Austrian nationals notwithstanding the provisions of the Trading with the Enemy Amendment Act, 1914, and the Trading with the Enemy (Copyright) Act, 1916, and the Statutory Rules and Orders issued there under which provide that 75 per cent. of all such royalties shall be paid to the administrator and 25 per cent. only of such royalties to Austrian nationals?


I am not aware of any cases of the kind referred to by my hon. Friend, and I shall be glad if he will furnish me with further particulars. There are, of course, cases in which royalties in respect of restored copyrights have been and are being paid to persons who were nationals of the former Austrian Empire, but who, by operation of the Treaty of St. Germain, have acquired new nationality. The Statutory Rules and Orders refered to by the hon. Member do not apply to such cases.