§ Miss Emma Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, further to the reply of 15 March,Official Report, column 258–59, what are the Government's plans to uphold the provision in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 rejecting the principle of levies on the sale of blank audio cassettes.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The Government have no intention of amending the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to introduce a levy on blank audio cassettes in the United Kingdom. They welcome and support the conclusion of the Commission of the European Communities in its Green paper "Copyright and the Challenge of Technology" that Community action to introduce or harmonise levies is not required.