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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 Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 3:30 am, 13th October 2008

That issue was raised during my last appearance at Question Time; indeed, I think that that was as a result of a question from the honourable Member. The provision of library services in rural areas is primarily a matter for the education and library boards. My information is that provision in rural areas is satisfactory and has been satisfactory over recent years because no new demands for additional services — either from members of the public or public representatives — have been made to the education and library boards.

If Members feel that there are areas that could be adequately covered by existing services, or in which additional resources might be deployed in order to provide that service, that information must be made known — in the first instance, to the relevant education and library board. The board and I will then consider that information.