HC Deb 22 November 1994 vol 250 c75W
Sir Thomas Arnold

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what changes he proposes to make to the procedures of the copyright tribunal.

Mr. Ian Taylor

Earlier this year, my Department consulted users of the copyright tribunal on how far they were satisfied with its performance and on how its proceedings might be improved. Around 40 per cent. of those consulted responded and, of those, the overwhelming majority considered that the tribunal proceedings were fair, flexible, unintimidating and thorough. However, concerns were expressed as to the cost and speed of the proceedings and some suggestions for improvement in these and other respects were made. My Department is currently analysing those suggestions, and will consult tribunal users further on any changes which appear desirable.