The Guardian's Scotland correspondent, Severin Carrell, writing on 27 December last year reports that -
"New legal powers to allow the British Library to archive millions of websites are to be fast-tracked by ministers after the Guardian exposed long delays in introducing the measures.
"The powers are very similar to copyright laws which require every publisher in the UK to provide the libraries ‑ chiefly the British Library and the NLS, but also the National Library of Wales, the Bodleian in Oxford, Cambridge University library and Trinity College Dublin ‑ with copies of every printed book, magazine, journal and newspaper.
"The internet is fast becoming the dominant form of publication in the UK: about a third of all works currently published are only in digital form and that number is increasing dramatically. Ministers predict the UK will host 15m websites by 2016 but under existing powers the British Library would be able to archive only 1% of them.
"Lynne Brindley, chief executive of the British Library, said: "By 2020 more material will be published in digital format than in print; the British Library must collect, preserve and provide access to that material. I very much welcome this consultation which extends the principle of legal deposit to cover material published digitally and online.""