Mr. HUGHES (Victoria) asked :
(a) What has been the revenue ofl the patent branch of the Agriculture Department each year since 1891, inclusive?
(b) What has been the cost of the patent branch each year since 1891, inclusive?
(c) What has become of the balance of the revenue, if any, each year?
(d) How many examiners are there now in the patent branch?
(e) (1) Is each examiner abreast with his work, or (2) are there any applications awaiting attention ? (3) If there are any awaiting, how many are they in number? (4) How long in arrears is the work, viz.: What is the date of the last applications passed upon in the regular course?
(f) Is it the intention of the government or of the Minister of Agriculture to expend upon the patent branch each year for the future the revenue derived therefrom?
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE-PATENT BRANCH.