Library Closures

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 14th February 2013.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North 9:30 am, 14th February 2013

Somehow I did not expect the Minister to admit the grave situation his Government have created in the library sector. He should know that many councillors across the country are facing the prospect of closing the bulk of library buildings in their communities as Government cuts hit hard. How does that help the Minister fulfil the statutory duty to oversee the library service, and what message does he think he is sending young people and communities about the importance of reading and learning?