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Public Libraries

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Minister for the Arts if he has any plans to increase funding of public libraries.

The Government do not plan local authority spending on public libraries or on other services. Revenue support grant is paid in support of local authorities revenue expenditure generally. Within the "Other Services" block, local authorities estimate a total spend on public libraries of £488 million in 1990–91, an estimated increase of 4 per cent. over 1989–90.