HC Deb 25 June 1998 vol 314 c601W
Mr. Maclean

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money was used to support the lending of(a) books and (b) other printed sources in public libraries in 1996–97. [47211]

Mr. Fisher

In 1996–97, public library authorities in England spent £83.5 million on books and pamphlets, and £6.1 million on newspapers, periodicals and magazines. Information is not held centrally about the operating costs of lending services for books or other printed material.