HC Deb 15 November 1985 vol 86 cc314-5W
Rev. Martin Smyth

asked the Minister for the Arts what available information he has as to the amount of expenditure per head of population on library books by local authorities in England and Wales in each of the five years 1975 to 1979 and 1979 to 1984; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Luce

Central Government do no collect statistics on public libraries, which are the responsibility of local government. Figures for all authorities are collated by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, and are available in the House of Commons Library. My duties in respect to public libraries do not extend to Wales but, with the agreement of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales, I have included that part of the United Kingdom in this answer.

The details on expenditure on books by public library authorities are not yet available for 1984–85, but those for the 10 previous years are given in the following table. They are shown in terms of expenditure per 1,000 population, the form in which they are usually given.

Expenditure* on books by public library authorities in England and Wales*
Financial year Actual expenditure £ Expenditure at 1983–84 prices £
1974–75 419 1,278
1975–76 518 1,257
1976–77 568 1,218
1977–78 645 1,215
1978–79 758 1,293
1979–80 816 1,191
1980–81 871 1,071
1981–82 928 1,037
1982–83 1,054 1,037
1983–84 1,149 1,149
* Figures are in £ per 1,000 population.

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