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February 16, 2006

Question written on 16/02/2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the overall level of library books stocked in England was at 1 January in each of the past 10 years.

Answered by David Lammy

The Public Library Statistics, published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy for the past 10 financial years shows the following level of public library book stock held over the last 10 years:Public Library Book Stock (England)199596105,384,000199697103,305,00019979899,576,00019989998,101,0001999200096,644,00020000194,372,00020010292,434,00020020390,637,00020030487,091,00020040584,546,000