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Libraries (London)

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Minister (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many books were borrowed from libraries in each London borough in each year since 1997.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Culture)

The aggregate number of books issued by library authorities across inner and outer London for each year between 1997–98 and 2003–04 is shown in the following table. These figures are drawn from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy's annual Public Library Statistics (Actuals) which also contain figures for individual library authorities. Copies are available in the House of Commons Library.

Thousand
Number of books issued
1997–98 55,246
1998–99 52,667
1999–2000 48,142
2000–01 45,771
2001–02 42,626
2002–03 41,727
2003–04 39,774

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