HC Deb 24 April 1989 vol 151 c432W
76. Mr. Key

To ask the Minister for the Arts what representations he has received on the continued provision of the basic book-lending service of libraries free of charge.

Mr. Luce

As I said in my statement on 8 February, at columns 987–97, the principle of a free basic public library service was generally supported by those responding to the library Green Paper. The Government have protected the essential elements of that service in the Local Government and Housing Bill.