HC Deb 21 March 1950 vol 472 c1733
4. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland in view of the importance of improving and expanding the public libraries system in Scotland, if he is yet in a position to take steps to remove the 3d. rate limit which hampers its development.

Miss Herbison

My right hon. Friend is aware that many burgh library authorities, whose difficulties he appreciates, are considerably embarrassed in meeting the expenditure necessary to maintain an adequate library service from the rate income available under the present limit. He is, therefore, urgently requesting the Scottish Advisory Council on Education, who have been considering this subject, to report as quickly as possible.

Mr. Hughes

While I realise that the hon. Lady is in no way responsible for the delay, may I ask if she is aware that an inquiry into this matter has lasted some years? Will she ask the inquirers to expedite their report as soon as possible?

Miss Herbison

In the answer which I have already given it is stated that we are asking this committee to report as quickly as possible. Indeed, we are asking them to do so most urgently.

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