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Public Libraries

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the aggregate scheduled duration of opening for all libraries per 1,000 population in each local authority was in each of the last three years; (247577)

(2) what proportion of static libraries provided access to (a) internet services, (b) broadband internet services and (c) wi-fi internet services in each local authority area in each of the last three years;

(3) how many electronic workstations with access to the internet there were in library service outlets per 100,000 population in each local authority area in each of the last three years;

(4) how many library visits were made per 100,000 population in each local authority area in each of the last three years.

This information is not held centrally. However, the Public Library Statistics, published annually by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), contain similar data to that being sought. The House of Commons Library holds copies for the period in question.