§ Mr. McGrady
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what representations he has received in connection with the proposed introduction of charges for library services;
(2) what steps he will take to review article 45 from the Library Services (Northern Ireland) Order in relation to the charges for library services.
§ Mr. Ancram
Following publication, for consultation purposes, of the draft Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1993, nine responses were received about article 45, together with a letter from the hon. Gentleman. For the most part, these representations sought to ensure that the basic library lending service would remain free of charge and I am happy to give that assurance.
I have no plans to review article 45 at present.