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Tuesday 6th November 2012 | 00:01
Labour press release
Dan Jarvis MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture Minister, commenting on the CMS Committee report on library closures, said:
“This is a damning report for the Government as section after section refers to a lack of action or guidance from the Secretary of State. Both on the subject of libraries under threat or being closed, or on what a
“comprehensive and efficient” service should look like.
“The report correctly identifies some of the major problems facing this key service but it also exposes a Government that has no sense of the scale of the problem and has shown no leadership in forging a coherent vision for the future of the library service.
“The Minister has on numerous occasions shirked his statutory duty to superintend and promote the improvement of the library service. This has resulted in policy being made by court cases rather than the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and a failure to ensure that there is a fresh vision for a 21st Century library service.
“The only commitment the Minister has given is a report by the end of 2014 – two years from now – on the cumulative effect on library services of the reduction in local authority provision. This is very much a case of the
Government closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. David Cameron and Ed Vaizey need to be working with local authorities now to ensure the continued existence of libraries as a valued, and much needed