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Scottish arts minister Lord Lindsay today announced the publication of a consultation paper on the future arrangeme...
Scottish arts minister Lord Lindsay today announced the publication of a consultation paper on the future arrangements for the national archive of publications.

The consultation paper seeks views on the present statutory arrangements for the deposit of printed publications in the UK legal deposit libraries, including the National Library of Scotland.

The paper also seeks comments on proposals to extend legal deposit to non- print publications such as CD-ROMs, films, videos, and sound recordings and microfilming.

Lord Lindsay said:

'I welcome this opportunity to consider afresh the arrangements for maintaining the national archive of publications. The present arrangements for the legal deposit of printed publications have served us well, considering the National Library of Scotland alone acquires some 240,000 printed publications a year under these arrangements.

'There is no doubt, however, that published output is increasingly in forms other than print and we need to decide how to meet the needs of future generations. At the same time, we must take account of the costs to publishers and the consultation paper therefore seeks views on a range of statutory and voluntary options for the deposit of non-print material.

'The consultation paper is being sent for comment to a wide range of organisations and I would encourage them and other interested parties to participate in this important debate on a key element of our national heritage.'

-- Copies of 'Legal Deposit of Publications - A Consultation Paper' are available free of charge from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division, Scottish Office Education and Industry Department, Room 1A West, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ. tel 0131 244 0346. Responses should be sent to the same address by Friday, April 11.

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