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Dan Jarvis (Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport); Barnsley Central, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

(1) whether he considers that any library authority in the UK has reached the criteria for intervention by the Secretary of State under the provisions of the Libraries Act 1964; and according to what criteria he assesses the need for intervention;

(2) whether he considers the failure of a library authority to (a) consider equalities issues, (b) set out a coherent libraries strategy and (c) carry out an adequate assessment of local needs would form grounds for intervention by him under the provisions of the Libraries Act 1964.

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Edward Vaizey (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; Wantage, Conservative)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 26 January 2012, Hansard, columns 318-9W.

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