§ Mr. Abse
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has made to the Government of South Korea for the retrospective protection to be given to United States copyright work by South Korea to be extended to United Kingdom works; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
I most recently emphasised the need for the United Kingdom to receive equality of treatment with the United States of America on intellectual property rights when I met the Korean Vice-Minister for Trade and Industry last October; my right hon. Friend the Minister for Industry and Information Technology will take up this issue during his forthcoming visit to Korea.
The EC is also maintaining pressure on the Korean Government to apply retrospective protection multilaterally without discrimination in favour of the United States of America.