HC Deb 16 June 1978 vol 951 c704W
Sir S. McAdden

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what steps are taken by his Department to keep the Performing Right Tribunal aware of current Government policy about requests for indexation of tariff charges for the public use of monopoly property in copyright music.

Mr. Crinton Davis

The Performing Right Tribunal is an independent statutory authority established by Parliament by virtue of Part IV of the Copyright Act 1956. It is empowered to settle disputes over terms of certain collective licensing schemes for the public formance of copyright music by determining what it considers to be reasonable in the circumstances and there is no provision for Government intervention in its proceedings. A music user bringing a case would undoubtedly remind the Tribunal of any relevant Government policies.