HC Deb 23 July 1970 vol 804 c732
11. Mr. St. John-Stevas

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will make a statement of Government policy on the proposed public lending right.

Mrs. Thatcher

My noble Friend the Paymaster-General will be giving consideration to this proposal and will make a statement in due course.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that reply. As the Government are concerned about the new poor, and as authors are a considerable portion of that new class, will she give urgent consideration to allowing authors to get a fair return on books which are borrowed from a public library?

Mrs. Thatcher

I will communicate what my right hon. Friend has said to my noble Friend, and I am sure that he will make a statement as soon as he can.