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Patent Office

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade which categories of work at the Patent Office are (a) currently being market tested and (b) being considered for future market testing.

The current programme which is nearing completion, having entered the consultation phase, includes reprographics, messenger and post dispatch services, file repository, stationery, trade marks data capture and trade marks referencing. Market testing will be applied in due course to other Patent Office work, but no decisions have been taken on the content of next year's programme.