§ Mr. Jeffrey Archer
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is her policy towards the establishment of public lending rights.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
My right hon. Friend and I are impressed by the arguments for seeking to recompense authors for the use of their works through public libraries, but there is the practical problem of finding a way to do this fairly at reasonable cost and within the resources available. The matter is being considered urgently in consultation with interested parties