Collection

Ministerial letters regarding DCMS consideration of representations about local library services

Minded to and final decision letters on complaints made to the Secretary of State that a local library authority is failing to carry out its statutory duty.

DCMS consideration of representations about local library services

Library authorities in England have a statutory duty under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service. Under the 1964 Act, the Secretary of State also has a statutory duty to superintend, and promote the improvement of, public library services provided by local library authorities in England, and to secure the proper discharge by these authorities of their statutory public libraries functions.

Should the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) receives representations concerning local library service provision, it will consider if these should be treated as a formal complaint in accordance with the 1964 Act. If it is determined to be a formal complaint, DCMS will write to the local council to notify them that it is treating representations received as a formal complaint and will request all the relevant information regarding the proposed changes to the library services.

This collection contains the Secretary of State’s “minded to” and final decision letters.

More information about the statutory service provision can be found in Libraries as a statutory service.

Letters sent to local councils

Letters sent to local councils from the Libraries Minister.

  1. Letter from the Rt Hon Maria Miller with a decision on library provision in Brent

    • Correspondence
  2. Letter from Ed Vaizey MP, stating a 'minded to' decision on public library provision in Lewisham

    • Correspondence
  3. Decision letter on local inquiry into library provision in the London Borough of Lewisham

    • Correspondence
  4. Letter from Ed Vaizey MP, stating a 'minded to' decision on public library provision on the Isle of Wight

    • Correspondence
  5. Decision letter on local inquiry into library provision in the Isle of Wight

    • Correspondence
  6. Letter from Ed Vaizey MP, stating a 'minded to' decision on public library provision in Bolton

    • Correspondence
  7. Decision letter on local inquiry into library provision in Bolton

    • Correspondence
  8. Local Inquiry Into Library Provision in Sheffield

    • Correspondence
  9. Decision letter on local inquiry into library provision in Sheffield

    • Correspondence
  10. Ministerial response: Ed Vaizey MP to Councillor Nick Forbes

    • Correspondence
  11. Decision letter on local inquiry into library provision in Newcastle

    • Correspondence
  12. Local Inquiry into Library Provision in Lincolnshire

    • Correspondence
  13. Decision letter on local inquiry into library provision in Lincolnshire

    • Correspondence
  14. Letter from Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, stating a "minded to" decision on public library provision in Lancashire

    • Correspondence
Published 13 June 2017