Public Libraries: Closures

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 26th October 2017.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2017 to Question 107956, on public libraries: closures, for what reasons her Department does not collect or publish data on the number of public library closures.

Photo of John Glen John Glen The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport does not seek to duplicate the collection of data that is collected and published by others. The Libraries Taskforce collected and published basic data about the number and locations of each public library in England as at 1 July 2016 and has worked with the libraries sector to define the data proposed for inclusion in a future core dataset for public libraries in England.

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