HC Deb 03 July 1978 vol 953 cc48-9W
23. Sir John Rodgers

asked the Secretary of State for Trade when he expects to bring forward specific proposals to secure that the registry of the European Community Trade Mark Office is sited in the United Kingdom, particularly in view of the fact that the European Patent Office was placed on the Continent; and when he expects a decision to be taken by the Council of Ministers.

Mr. Clinton Davis

The Commission does not expect to put proposals for the creation of a European Community Trade Mark to the Council of Ministers before the spring of 1980 and there will be no early decision on the site of the registry.

The Government have already made clear to their Community partners their wish that the registry should he located in London and I will inform the House shortly of more specific proposals which I shall be making.

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