§ Mr. Bernie Grant
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what the Government's policy is on support for specialist libraries providing services to academics and the wider community; and what plans he has to provide additional support to such libraries with specialisms in race relations.
§ Mr. Mellor
The Government have no specific policy for the support of specialist libraries. It is for individual Government Departments to consider the needs of applicants within their policy responsibilities and to decide whether, in the light of available resources and potential claims from similar bodies, a special grant is needed for their library or information services. The libraries in question are outside my responsibilities.