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Public Lending Right

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the work being undertaken by his Department with regard to preparing for public lending right, specifying the expenditure which he estimates is likely to be incurred in the current year and in succeeding years, and stating the number of civil servants directly and indirectly employed in this connection.

The drafting of a consultative document and other preparatory work has occupied a fluctuating proportion of the time of some of the staff of the office of arts and libraries, who are also engaged on other work. Precise figures for cost and manpower cannot be calculated, but they are small.

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he thinks it will become necessary to appoint a registrar of public lending rights.