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British Library

Volume 688: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What response they have made to the British Library's statement on the consequences of the proposed cuts in the spending round 2007; and whether they will negotiate further with the British Library to ensure that it maintains its standing as the world's best research library. [HL1321]

As part of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) process the British Library has provided its sponsoring department with detailed evidence of the impact that a cut could have on its services. I cannot anticipate the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review at this stage, either for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a whole or for the British Library specifically. I can, however, say that the Government are proud of the British Library's status as a world- class research library and will continue to work with the British Library board and executive into the CSR period to effectively protect this status.