§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to extend copyright to electronically stored information; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Howells
United Kingdom copyright law (the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (1988 c. 48)) already includes material stored by electronic means. The UK is supporting work at EU and international level to 373W ensure that similar protection applies in other countries. The proposed EC Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Information Society would establish this across the EU, and we are pressing for early agreement on this Directive.