Further delay to Library Select Committee Report

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.