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Secondary School Libraries

Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to his answer of 10 November 1987, concerning secondary school libraries, how the £10 million provided for 1988–89 by his Department will be allocated to schools; if any guidelines will be issued on how this money is to be spent; and if he will make a statement.

Tile £10 million for secondary school library provision was identified within the expenditure plans for 1988–89 in response to representations from local authorities that there was a particular need in this area. It will now be for local authorities themselves to decide individually on the priority which they wish to give to secondary school library provision from within the resources available to them.