Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lammy Brought to Book as Library Stocks Are Falling; LONDONER'S DIARY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lammy Brought to Book as Library Stocks Are Falling; LONDONER'S DIARY

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CULTURE MINISTER David Lammy's office has admitted that he misled Parliament after enquiries by the Londoner. He is responsible for our libraries and announced in the Commons last week that the number of books in them is going up when in fact it is going down.

"We are constantly being told how bad our libraries book stocks are," he declared in the House of Commons. "Yet in 2004-05 the libraries authorities in England combined increased lending stock by nearly 1 million compared with 2001-02."

Not so. The official figures from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy suggest a less rosy picture. CIPFA data for libraries in England in 2001-2 to 2004-2005 shows a fall in Lending Stock from 67,827,912 to 62,614,052 - a drop of 5,213,860 or 7.7 per cent.

The Culture Department acknowledges Lammy misled the House by giving the figures for new books but ignoring the greater number of old books being thrown out. …

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