§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Minister for the Arts, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Woolwich on 24 February, Official Report, column 413, what would be the cost of sending a letter to each of the library authorities in England requiring them under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 to provide information as to the imposition of a ban on News International newspapers in their public libraries.
§ Mr. Luce
It appears that only a small minority of library authorities are applying a ban. To circulate all authorities would be a disproportionate response at this stage. I hope that the authorities concerned will take account of the views which both the Government and the Library Association have expressed, and end the ban quickly.