HC Deb 29 January 1941 vol 368 cc573-4W
Sir W. Davison

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his atten- tion has been called to a recent demand from the library of Trinity College, Dublin, to be supplied, free of charge, with an expensive book, recently published in England, by virtue of the provisions of the Copyright Act of 1911; and whether steps will be taken to remove this anomaly, having regard to recent changes in the relationship between Great Britain and the Irish Free State?

Major Lloyd George

Section 15 of the Copyright Act, 1911, provides that publishers in the United Kingdom shall deliver to Trinity College, Dublin, on written demand, a copy of each book they publish. It is not proposed to remove this requirement, particularly since a reciprocal statutory obligation rests upon publishers in Eire to send a copy of each book published by them to the British Museum and, on demand, to four other libraries in the United Kingdom.