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NHS Trusts: Copyright Licences

Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice Connecting for Health provides on copyright licences for NHS trusts. (103525)

A statement issued via the website of the National Library for Health advises that negotiations have been entered into with the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) in consideration of a single licensing agreement for all national health service bodies. NHS trusts are advised not to enter into individual discussions directly with the CLA while such negotiations are taking place.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of the number of NHS trusts which hold copyright licences; and what the average cost of such licences is. (103526)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the possible liability of those NHS trusts which do not hold copyright licences in respect of copyright lawsuits brought against them. (103527)

No such assessment has been made. In the event that a national health service (NHS)-wide licensing arrangement with the Copyright Licensing Agency cannot be agreed, it will be the responsibility of individual NHS bodies to assess their legal obligations in relation to the relevant legislation, and to act accordingly.