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Library Services: Rural Areas

Part of CULTURE, ARTS AND LEISURe – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 am on 13th October 2008.

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Photo of Samuel Gardiner Samuel Gardiner UUP 3:30 am, 13th October 2008

Since 34% of the population live in rural areas, does the Minister agree that his Department’s raw expenditure on library provision needs to be rural proofed? The rural population of 565,000 is served by only 30 mobile libraries — that is approximately one library for every 20,000 people. Does the Minister have any plans to increase that provision?