HL Deb 31 July 1985 vol 467 cc331-2WA
Lord Eden of Winton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether a decision has yet been taken by St. Helena with regard to the extension to that territory of the Copyright Amendment Acts of 1982 and 1983 and whether a single Statutory Instrument is now being prepared to extend these enactments to the other territories which have requested it, namely Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat; what is the position regarding the Isle of Man now that the Copyright Computer Software (Amendment) Bill awaits Royal Assent; and whether further information is available about similar copyright legislation in the Channel Islands and the Cayman Islands.

Lord Lucas of Chilworth

St Helena and the Cayman Islands have indicated that they do not wish the Copyright Act 1956 (Amendment) Act 1982 or the Copyright (Amendment) Act 1983 to be extended to them. Separate Orders in Council will be made shortly extending these enactments to Bermuda and Gibraltar. Orders in respect of the British Virgin Islands and Montserrat will follow as soon as certain outstanding points in regard to the drafting have been settled with those territories. All these territories are being consulted about the extension to them of the Copyright (Computer Software) Amendment Act, 1985, which received Royal Assent on 16th July.

The Isle of Man Government has been invited to confirm its wish for the extension to it of the 1985 Act together with those of 1982 and 1983. A decision is still awaited from the Channel Islands Governments regarding the Acts of 1982 and 1983, and a further indication of their wishes has been sought in regard to these and the Act of 1985.