Culture Media and Sport
Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
(1) what plans he has to encourage local authorities to (a) improve library services and (b) offer (i) seven-day opening, (ii) outreach programmes and (iii) other library services;
(2) what plans he has for (a) continued provision of and (b) improvements to library services in the digital age.
Edward Vaizey (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Culture, Communications and Creative Industries), Business, Innovation and Skills; Wantage, Conservative)
Arts Council England has responsibility for library development in the digital age. With the Local Government Group they will deliver a second libraries development programme to identify and support a number of authorities to implement the ideas and best practice that came from the Future Libraries programme.