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Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the cost of employing librarians in (a) Worcestershire County Council, (b) Warwickshire County Council, (c) Gloucestershire County Councils, (d) Birmingham, (e) Coventry, (f) Dudley, (g) Sandwell, (h) Solihull, (i) Walsall and (j) Wolverhampton metropolitan district councils. [109356]

This information is not held centrally. However, the total employee expenditure for the library services quoted can be calculated using the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy's (CIPFA's) Public Library Statistics 2000–01 Actuals volume. The total population for each authority is shown at column 1 and the employee expenditure per thousand population figure is at column 148.The House of Commons Library has a copy of the above publication which is the latest available in this series.