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:
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
'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.'
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.