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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 20th January 2009.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 11:00 am, 20th January 2009

My hon. Friend mentioned a moment or two ago the threat of the internet, but in many ways it is an opportunity. At the Society of Editors conference, it was suggested that local and regional newspapers should collaborate in the development of a search engine. That would not necessarily rival Google's 40 per cent. of advertising revenue, but something there is struggling to get out. My local paper, the Leicester Mercury, an excellent regional paper, has a website called "This is Leicestershire" that could do with development. A collaborative, alternative search engine might be helpful in maintaining the local and regional press, which we know is necessary in this country.