Public Libraries

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Peter Aldous Peter Aldous Conservative, Waveney 12:00 am, 21st June 2018

What steps his Department is taking to support public libraries.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Libraries support people, communities and society as a whole, by providing access to books and literature and, increasingly, to modern technology.

Photo of Peter Aldous Peter Aldous Conservative, Waveney

With today being Suffolk Day, it is appropriate to highlight the great work of Suffolk Libraries, which is a successful, industrial and provident society that provides a growing range of community services. Will the Secretary of State—a fellow Suffolk MP—work with it as it seeks to become more innovative, self-sufficient and resilient?

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

I commend Suffolk Libraries, which is a thriving public service mutual that, as my hon. Friend says, does a great job. Today could not be a better day to celebrate what Suffolk Libraries does, because Suffolk Day, on midsummer’s day, celebrates everything that is brilliant about the county that is beautiful and full of wonderful people and great food. It is a great place to visit, a great place to live, a great place to be, and a wonderful place to represent.