HC Deb 18 December 1963 vol 686 cc233-4W
Mr. McBride

asked the Minister of Education what further consideration has been given to those recommendations of the Roberts Report, Command Paper No. 660, published in September, 1959, not requiring legislation, in view of the debate on 1st March, 1961; and whether the advisory committee which the Parliamentary Secretary indicated would be set up to study Welsh problems has been set up.

Sir E. Boyle

Most of the recommendations in the Roberts Report need legislation to implement them, and I shall introduce a Bill as soon as I can. It would not be appropriate to appoint in advance of it the advisory councils proposed for England and Wales, but the possibility of establishing a bilingual library school in Wales is being examined. Capital expenditure on library premises and equipment has also increased considerably during the last two years. I hope that all public library authorities will continue to make use of the guidance given in the report on standards of public library service which my Department published a year ago. Another report on inter-library lending was published at the same time, and in the light of it I am considering whether regional and national cataloguing arrangements can be improved.

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