§ Mr. Neil Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will list the number of (a) meetings his Department has held with groups or individuals supporting a levy on audio and video recording tape, (b) meetings with groups or individuals opposing such a levy and (c) communications in written or oral form from both sides since June 1984.
§ Mr. Butcher
It is estimated that since June 1984 Ministers and officials in the Department of Trade and Industry have held about 20 meetings with groups or individuals at which the levy question was discussed. Of these, about two-thirds were with opponents of a levy. It is not possible to estimate the number of communications since June 1984, but over 1,000 written responses have been received to the Green Paper "The Recording & Rental of Audio & Video Copyright Material" (Cmnd. 9445) published in February 1985.