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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what legislation governs the provision of local library services; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Local authorities have the primary duty under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 to provide a library service which is based on local need and which addresses that need in a “comprehensive and efficient” manner.

The Secretary of State has a duty under the same Act to superintend and promote the improvement of public library services provided by local authorities, and to secure that local authorities properly discharge their duties.

There are no proposals to remove the duty on local authorities to provide a comprehensive and efficient public library service.

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