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BROOKE STEPS BACK OVER CHARGING FOR BOOK BORROWING FROM LIBRARIES

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Peter Brooke, Secretary of State for National Heritage, has been forced to damp down a row over a speech by a junio...
Peter Brooke, Secretary of State for National Heritage, has been forced to damp down a row over a speech by a junior minister which implied the public might have to pay to borrow library books, the Independent reports (p3).

The paper says that Mr Brooke is writing to the Library Association to reassure them the government has no plans to end a free 'core public library service'.

The letter comes after a speech by Iain Sproat, national heritage minister who asked whether books should continue to be made free. Mr Sproat's question is likely to politicise National Library Week which starts on November 1, the Independent says.
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