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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans she has for improving library' provision in the polytechnics.
Mr. van Straubenzee
My right hon. Friend has recently issued guidance to local education authorities on area standards for polytechnic libraries. The Department is consulting authorities about seven polytechnic library projects to start in 1973–74 at an estimated cost of about £1¾ million. Further provision for libraries will be included in the programmes for 1974–75 and 1975–76 on which the Department intends to begin consultation with polytechnic authorities early next year.