Hunt's silence on Brent continues

Hunt's silence on Brent continues

The secretary of state Jeremy Hunt has made no announced decision on whether or not he will intervene over library closures in Brent.

Officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport had expected Hunt's decision on whether or not to order an inquiry into the planned closures to be made by the end of September, according to an email sent to Bindmans, the law firm representing Brent's library campaigners.

However, a DCMS spokesperson said: "We continue to monitor on an on-going basis proposed changes to all public library services in England. The secretary of state may intervene if there is evidence of a local authority failing to meet its statutory duties."

At least 66 communications have been sent to Hunt over the Brent library issue, the DCMS has confirmed. The secretary of state has a duty to superintend the service under the 1964 Public Libraries Act.

A High Court judgement in the judicial review case brought by residents against Brent council's plans is due to be given in October. Judgement is also due in the coming weeks in the case brought by library users in Somerset and Gloucestershire, which ended last week.