HC Deb 13 June 1988 vol 135 cc39-40W
71. Mr. Sedgemore

To ask the Minister for the Arts what evidence he has on the cost-effectiveness of public libraries.

Mr. Luce

There are at present limited means for assessing the cost effectiveness of public libraries. However, my office has recently published a costing model, "A Costing System for Public Libraries". I am also currently funding, through the British Library, production of a manual of performance indicators for public libraries.

72. Mrs. Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Arts whether the premium book subscription scheme, proposed in the Green Paper "Financing our Public Library Service", will apply to new children's books.

Mr. Luce