HC Deb 16 July 1984 vol 64 c35W
36. Mr. Hardy

asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of the Arts what action Her Majesty's Government is taking to encourage the provision and use of libraries.

Mr. Waldegrave

My noble Friend the Minister for the Arts exercises the responsibility under section 1(1) of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 to superintend, and promote the improvement of, the public library service provided by local authorities in England. In practice, his direct involvement is limited, as responsibility for the provision of the service rests with local library authorities which have a duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons desiring to make use of it.