§ Mr. Dobbin
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the service provided by public libraries. 
§ Mr. Alan Howarth
[holding answer 1 March 1999] I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave on 1 March 1999, Official Report, column 532, to my hon. Friends the Members for Ilford, North (Ms Perham) and for Normanton (Mr. O'Brien).