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Public Libraries: Standards

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what proportion of requests for books from library service points were met within (a) seven, (b) 15 and (c) 30 days in each local authority area in each of the last three years; (247580)

(2) what proportion of library users aged 16 years and over viewed their library service as very good or good in each local authority area in each of the last three years;

(3) what proportion of library users aged under 16 years viewed their library service as good in each local authority area in each of the last three years;

(4) how many items were added through purchase to library service outlets per 1,000 population in each local authority area in each of the last three years.

The information requested is published annually by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in Public Library Statistics. The House of Commons Library holds copies for the period in question.