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Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the recommendations contained in the interim "Digital Britain" report on the publishing industry; and if he will make a statement. (259238)

The Government recognise the importance of a vibrant publishing sector which contributes not only to the cultural and educational needs of our society but also with a turnover in excess of £18 billion, makes a significant contribution to the economy. It is a core part of the creative industries sector and a significant export earner.

The importance of publishing is reflected in the objectives laid out in the interim report of the Digital Britain initiative.