Public Libraries

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 27th February 2013.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will undertake a full assessment of the needs of the local population for the services provided by libraries.

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

Local authorities have a statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service that is based on local need within available resources. It is therefore the responsibility of each local authority to determine, through consultation, the local needs and to deliver a modem efficient library service that meets the requirements of their communities. The Government's response to the Select Committee report on Library Closures, published on 29 January, reported that a number of publications have already been produced by ACE and the LGA which provide guidance for authorities to interpret what they consider local circumstances.

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