HC Deb 28 July 1960 vol 627 c1850
26. Mr. Iremonger

asked the Minister of Education what progress he has made in discussing with associations of local authorities his proposals for legislation on the Public Library Service.

60. Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

asked the Minister of Education whether he has yet finished his discussions with the associations of local authorities in respect of the recommendations of the Roberts Committee on the Public Library Service; and what progress is being made.

Sir D. Eccles

My discussions with the local authority associations and other interests are well advanced but they are not yet complete.

Mr. Greenwood

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the development plans of many local authorities are being held up? Can he promise that legislation will be foreshadowed in the Queen's Speech in the next Session?

Sir D. Eccles

There are a number of very complicated questions involved, including the results of the Boundary Commission, and I am afraid that I cannot say for certain whether legislation will be introduced in the next Session.