§ Mr. Hayes
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will estimate the administrative costs both of collection and distribution of a levy on audio and video recording tapes as recommended by his Department's Green Paper, the "Recording and Rental. of Audio and Video Copyright Material", and the proportion this would represent of total levy revenue.
§ Mr. Butcher
The Green Paper made it clear that the Government would approve a scheme for collection and distribution of a levy only if satisfied that it would operate fairly and on an economical basis. The decision whether or not to introduce a levy on blank recording tape will take account of all relevant factors, including administrative costs. We hope soon to publish a White Paper dealing with copyright law reform and announcing our conclusions on the levy question.