Music: Licensing Laws

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

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effect on village halls of the proposed changes to the music licensing regime.

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

As part of the Government's consultation process on the proposed changes to the music licensing regime, a final impact assessment was commissioned from independent consultants, Europe Economics. This specifically estimated the effects of the proposed changes on rural halls. The Government's response to the music licensing consultation, which was published on 12 November 2009, contained a summary of Europe Economics' impact assessment. The response and the accompanying summary were placed in the Library of the House.

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. We value the contribution musical performers make to the economic and cultural success of our country. We have got to make sure that they are rewarded for their efforts so they can continue creating. The Government wants 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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