|The Right Honourable Lord|
Marland: we know he's a Lord
and hope he will be both
Honourable and, dare we
say, Right a bit more often
than his predecessor ...
The part of the media release that annoys this Kat is the bit that reads:
""Lord Marland: Parliamentary Under SecretaryHe does not however have responsibility for "small business, enterprise and access to finance" (which goes to Michael Fallon MP), "Innovation" (David Willetts MP) or "single market and implementation" (Lord Green). If there is any better evidence that the UK government is taking positive steps to avoid any sort of joined-up innovation, creation and intellectual property policy, do let us this Kat know.
- Covers all BIS business in the Lords except Trade and Investment
- Intellectual property (including the IPO)
- ERR Bill [that's Enterprise and Regulatory Reform ...]
- Support for Minister for Trade and Investment on trade promotion
- Chair of Council of Business Ambassadors".
Merpel has done some research on Lord Marland. He has some background in business and commerce, but this is unlikely to be an immediate asset in his new roles. According to Wikipedia, his expertise has been principally in the area of insurance though, unreassuringly for British manufacturers -- what little is left of that species -- "In 2007 he led the closure of the British manufacturing operations of Hunter Wellington Boots and move of the manufacturing of the Hunter product range offshore, largely to Chinese owned and run factories within China".
Neither Merpel nor the IPKat are happy at the spread of IP so thinly across so many ministerial portfolios. Nor are they happy at the burden which Lord Marland will be expected to shoulder in addition to IP and the Office which has so valiantly worked to keep itself as accessible, user-friendly and helpful as its exiguous funding permits. The pair welcome Lord Marland and wish him well: they also promise him that, if he should ever be in need of advice, support and encouragement, the readers of this weblog will be pleased to