Licensing: Music

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Shadow Secretary of State, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on youth clubs of proposed changes to the music licensing system; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Higher Education and Intellectual Property)

holding answer 20 January 2010

The Government did not make any specific assessment of the effects on youth clubs. However, as part of our consultation process we commissioned a final impact assessment from independent consultants, Europe Economics. This assessment estimated the impact on broader classifications which encompassed youth clubs. It was published on 12 November 2009 with the Government response and a summary was placed in the House Library.

The exact impact will be determined by the outcome of consultations between Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL) and organisations concerned on licence fee levels. As part of this process it is essential that PPL work with the third sector to agree reasonable and appropriate tariffs. The Government want to ensure that discussions between PPL and the third sector are facilitated so that the outcome is satisfactory for all concerned. A mutually agreed solution is vital if the needs of both PPL members and the third sector are to be met. I remain confident that this will be possible.

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