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Copyright (Royalty Rates)

Volume 934: debated on Thursday 30 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he has received the report of the public inquiry held to consider the statutory royalty rate provided for in section 8 of the Copyright Act 1956; and if he will make a statement.

I have received a very care-full report prepared by Mr. H. E. Francis, QC, in which he finds that the present statutory rate of royalty has not, in the words of Section 8, "ceased to be equitable". Consequently I do not propose to make any change. I am arranging for the report to be published.