§ Mr. Faulds
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he expects to make a statement on the report of the Library Council (England) on the future development of libraries.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
I replied to the Library Advisory Council's first report on this subject, which dealt with the organisational and policy framework for developments, in August. A copy of my reply has been placed in the Library of the House and I am sending a copy to the hon. Member. My office is at present engaged in wide-ranging consultation to follow up my response. I hope to receive the council's second report, which will deal with technological developments in library and information services and with the possibilities for co-operation and coordination, during 1981.