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PLANS TO MODERNISE CROWN COPYRIGHT ANNOUNCED

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Proposals to place the management of Crown copyright on a simpler ...
Proposals to place the management of Crown copyright on a simpler

and more sure footed basis were today announced by David Clark, the

chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster.

In reply to a written parliamentary question, Dr Clark said:

'A consultation paper, 'Crown Copyright in the Information Age', has

been published today (Cm 3819). The Green Paper sets out a number of

options for the future management of Crown copyright on which

comments are invited by 31 March 1998. The Green Paper takes account

of various representations received over the last year and meetings

which officials have had with representatives of the UK Information

Industries.

'The government believes there to be considerable scope for reform

designed to provide a lead and act as a catalyst for enabling

effective dissemination and distribution of official information; and

to aid the development of our Information Industries.

'The government looks forward to receiving comments on the options

and questions aired in the Green Paper. At the end of the

consultation period the government will announce its conclusions.

It is our clear intention, however, to place the management of Crown

Copyright on a simplified and sure footing which will serve the

citizen and user of government-originated material well. The demands

of the information age, with electronic delivery increasingly

substituting for print on paper, requires a new approach. The Green

Paper provides the basis for devising that approach.'

NOTES

1. Copies of the Green Paper may be purchased from The Stationery

Office, price #9.75, ISBN 0-10-138192-1.

2. Responses to this consultation paper should be sent to:

Margaret Ferre, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, St Clements House,

2-16 Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1BQ.

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