HC Deb 09 December 1958 vol 597 cc200-1
40. Mr. Chetwynd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the dollar expenditure incurred in the import of matrices of American recorded music; what royalties are paid in dollars on records made from them and sold in the United Kingdom; and the dollar payment for performing fees when the records are broadcast.

Mr. Amory

Imports from America of matrices for the reproduction of gramophone records for the last twelve months were of the order of £18,800. I regret that no separate figures are available for royalties or performing fees paid in respect of their use.

Mr. Chetwynd

Is the Chancellor aware that the B.B.C. uses records made from these matrices to give over 80 per cent. American music in its recorded programmes? Is he aware that this causes a grave loss of dollars to us and also gives no encouragement to British composers and song writers? Could he take some steps to increase the use of British artists?

Mr. Amory

I am aware that the payment of royalties and rights involves a considerable sum of money in total, but I am not at present of the opinion that there is anything unfair or unreasonable in the present arrangements.