Mobile Libraries: Disadvantaged

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 20th December 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to increase the number of library buses in deprived areas.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The responsibility of the Secretary of State under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 is to superintend, and promote the improvement of, the public library service provided by local authorities in England only. Public libraries policy in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is a devolved matter and is the responsibility of the Devolved Administrations.

Libraries NI delivers the library service in Northern Ireland. It has indicated that it has no plans to extend mobile library services further, and keeps its mobile library routes under constant review.

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