British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:42 pm on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families) 12:42 pm, 13th March 2020

There has rightly been a lot of very positive talk about libraries in the Chamber this morning, but does my hon. Friend share my regret that, because of the scale of cuts to local authorities over the past 10 years, more than 600 libraries have closed down in that time? Despite talk about the end of austerity, local councils will in fact be receiving even deeper cuts over the next few years. For the libraries that remain, their futures still look tenuous and that is not acceptable.