Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Third Special Report


THIRD SPECIAL REPORT

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has agreed to the following Special Report:

PUBLIC LIBRARIES:

FURTHER GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE SIXTH REPORT

FROM THE CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT COMMITTEE,

SESSION 1999-2000

1. On 24 May 2000 we published our Sixth Report of Session 1999-2000 on Public Libraries.[6] On 25 July 2000 we received the Government's initial response to that Report, a response that we published shortly thereafter in the form of a Special Report.[7]

2. On 20 December 2000 we published a review of the Reports undertaken by the Committee in the course of the current Parliament and of the responses by the Government. In that review, it was noted that the Government's response was "positive in tone, but provisional in nature" because that response had been made before the Government had finalised its library standards.[8]

3. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport published its public library standards on 12 February 2001 and they came into effect on 1 April 2001. On 26 April 2001, the Department provided us with a further response to our Report on Public Libraries, reflecting the final public library standards. We are now publishing that further response as Appendix 1 to this Special Report.

4. When we undertook our review of our previous Reports and of the responses by the Government, it was noted that certain information requested by the Committee relating to action by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in response to certain recommendations in our Report on The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its Quangos had not been provided by the Department.[9] The Government has now provided this further information and we are taking this opportunity to publish that information as Appendix 2 to this Special Report.


6   Sixth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Public Libraries, HC (1999-2000) 241. Back

7   Third Special Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Public Libraries: Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 1999-2000, HC (1999-2000) 867. Back

8   First Special Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Review of Reports, Recommendations and Responses, 1997-2000, HC (2000-01) 57. Back

9   Sixth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its Quangos, HC (1998-99) 506-I; HC (2000-01) 57, p ix. Back


 
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