HC Deb 28 February 1972 vol 832 cc47-8W
Mr. Trew

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the number of issued books per head of population and per registered reader by public libraries in England during the latest convenient year.

Mr. van Straubenzee

My right hon. Friend does not collect this information. The number of books issued and the population served by each library authority in 1969–70 is, however, shown on pages 473–492 of the Municipal Yearbook for 1972. An analysis of similar figures for 1968–69 showed that 11.5 books were issued per head of population in England.