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Further delay to Library Select Committee Report
27.09.12 | Joshua Farrington
The Select Committee Report into library closures will not be released until the end of October at the earliest, it has been confirmed.
The news marks a further delay to the report, initially expected ahead of the summer recess.
The cross-party inquiry chaired by Conservative MP John Whittingdale heard evidence this spring. It investigated how planned library closures in local authorities across the country were compatible with the Public Libraries & Museums Act 1964, and to what extent the Departure for Culture, Media and Sport should intervene with the decision-making process. Culture minister Ed Vaizey was among those giving evidence.
The delay in the publication of the report will disappoint library campaigners hoping its findings will support them at a time when the DCMS has said it is "not minded" to intervene in several areas experiencing library closures, including in Bolton, Lewisham, and the Isle of Wight.