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Copyright: Music

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what account his Department took of the (a) options appraisal section and (b) generating and short-listing policy option section of its impact assessment toolkit when designing the consultation on the requirement to pay royalties for playing recorded and broadcast music by charitable and not-for-profit organisations. (312476)

[holding answer 21 January 2010]: The Department fully complied with all impact assessment requirements and worked with the Better Regulation Executive when generating and shortlisting policy options.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of proposed changes to the music licensing system on charities and other not-for-profit groups in (a) Staffordshire Moorlands constituency and (b) the West Midlands. (312477)

[holding answer 21 January 2010]: The Government did not make any specific assessment of the effects on (a) Staffordshire Moorlands constituency or (b) the West Midlands. However, as part of our consultation process we commissioned a final impact assessment from independent consultants, Europe Economics. This assessment estimated the impact on groups across the UK which would be affected. It was published on 12 November 2009 with the Government Response and a summary was placed in the House Library.

The exact impact will be determined by the outcome of consultations between Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) and organisations concerned on licence fee levels. We value the contribution musical performers make to the economic and cultural success of our country. We have got to make sure that they are rewarded for their efforts so they can continue creating. As part of this process it is essential that PPL work with the third sector to agree reasonable and appropriate tariffs. The Government want to ensure that discussions between PPL and the third sector are facilitated so that the outcome is satisfactory for all concerned. A mutually agreed solution is vital if the needs of both PPL members and the third sector are to be met. I remain confident that this will be possible.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department made use of the generating and shortlisting policy options section of its impact assessment toolkit in its consultation on the requirement for the payment of royalties for playing recorded and broadcast music by charitable and not-for-profit organisations. (312575)

[holding answer 21 January 2010]: My Department fully complied with all impact assessment requirements and worked with the Better Regulation Executive when generating and shortlisting policy options.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed changes to the music licence system on care homes. (312576)

[holding answer 21 January 2010]: In practice the proposed changes will have no effect on the charging of licences for playing broadcast or recorded music in care homes. Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL) regards most such use by residents, including use in communal lounges, as equivalent to listening to music or the radio/television in one's own home.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations and individuals responded to the Intellectual Property Office's consultation on copyright exemptions for public performance of recorded music. (315261)

We received a wide variety of responses regarding the consultation on copyright exemptions. A copy of the summary of responses to the consultation (‘Changes to Exemptions from Public Performance Rights in Sound Recordings and Performers’ Rights Consultation, Summary of Responses’) was placed on the website of the Intellectual Property Office in March 2009 and it is currently available at:

www.ipo.gov.uk

I am also placing the summary to the consultation in the Library of the House.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of each written response to the Intellectual Property Office's consultation on copyright exemptions for public performance of recorded music. (315271)

A copy of the summary of responses to the consultation (‘Changes to Exemptions from Public Performance Rights in Sound Recordings and Performers' Rights Consultation, Summary of Responses’) was placed on the website of the Intellectual Property Office in March 2009 and it is currently available at:

www.ipo.gov.uk

I am also placing the summary to the consultation in the Library of the House. A list of respondees to the consultation is detailed at Annex A of the summary. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of an individual response to the consultation should contact the relevant organisation directly.