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Libraries

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many static public libraries there are in England. (73859)

The number of static public libraries in England in each of the last five years was as follows.

Static libraries in England (by hours open per week)

60 plus

45 to 59

30 to 44

10 to 29

<10

2000-01

19

469

1,206

1,331

130

2001-02

28

493

1,199

1,311

115

2002-03

42

598

1,168

1,240

91

2003-04

51

683

1,143

1,186

80

2004-05

69

727

1,139

1,106

96

The original source for these statistics is the Public Library Statistics Actuals, published by the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). These are published annually, most recently in January 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the level of funding for libraries. (75000)

In terms of public libraries, there is no ring-fenced Government core funding: such funding is via the Local Government Financial Settlement administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

It is for the 149 library authorities in England to decide upon the level of funding for their services bearing in mind their statutory responsibility to make comprehensive and efficient provision.

The public library statistics published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy show that library authorities made net expenditure (excluding capital charges) of £817,216,604 in 2004-05 (the latest figure available). The comparable figure for the previous year was £781,990,546.

Additional examples of funding for public libraries from within my Department's portfolio are the £120 million of National Lottery support for the People's Network, around £130 million of DCMS Private Finance Initiative Credits for library or part library projects, and the ongoing DCMS funding of £2 million per annum for the Framework for the Future Action Plan programme. I also look forward to the Big Lottery Fund's £80 million community library funding programme which will be launched later this year.

My Department is also responsible for sponsorship of the British Library, the UK's national library. Grant-in-aid funding to the British Library over the 2004 Spending Review period is as follows:

£ million

2005-06

Estimated outturn

96.3

2006-07

Planned

102.2

2007-08

Planned

104.4

Source: DCMS Annual Report 2006