§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reply he has given to the invitation from Common Market Ministers to Great Britain and six other European countries to negotiate the setting up of a new European Patents Convention.
§ Mr. Mulley
In a letter dated 26th March to the President of the Council of Ministers of the European Communities, my right hon. Friend said that we welcomed any positive move towards harmonisation in the field of patents and would be happy to participate in the preliminary discussions to be held in Brussels on 21st-22nd May.