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Publishing: Public Lending Right — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:22 am on 22nd May 2013.

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Photo of Lord Howarth of Newport Lord Howarth of Newport Labour 11:22 am, 22nd May 2013

Does the Minister recognise that the authors’ public lending scheme has been very successful indeed over many years and that it has become an established part of our culture? We afford recognition to authors by way of a payment for each loan by public libraries of their physical books. Is it not now long overdue that we extended that practice to e-books and audiobooks? The Government have prevaricated for a long time. Will they now stop hanging about?