Save Lincs Libraries gets ‘holding’ reply from DCMS

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Below is a transcript of a letter just received by Maurice Nauta from the DCMS. You can read the letters from Maurice to the Secretary of State here: Letters to the SOS.

Maurice Nauta comments:

“I have received the attached holding letter from the Department of Culture , Media and Sport. It is the first communication I have received since April. Maybe the appointment of GLL to run the library service has quickened the pace of response, and I look forward to receiving a full reply in due course. It is likely that the Secretary of State waited for the outcome of the Judicial Review, but a simple acknowledgement would have been helpful and courteous in the meantime.”


Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor 100

Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

3 December 2015

Dear Mr Nauta,

Thank you for your correspondence of 22 April and 3 November 2015, to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP and his successor the Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP, about changes to library service provision in Lincolnshire. I am replying as a member of the Ministerial Support Team and I apologise that you did not receive a response to your previous letter.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and Digital Economy, wrote on 26 March 2015 to Councillor Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council indicating that the Secretary of State was not currently minded to order an inquiry under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 into the changes in library provision in Lincolnshire. However, before taking a final decision the Secretary of State invited further representations from interested stakeholders.

I can confirm that the Department received a number of detailed representations, in response to this invitation, including your communication of 22 April. All of this information is being carefully considered and will inform advice to ministers on their final decision on whether or not to order an inquiry into whether the Council’s proposals continue to offer a comprehensive and efficient library service.

The further analysis of the additional representations made in respect of changes to Lincolnshire library service provision is continuing. It is anticipated that ministers will be in a position to make a final decision in the near future.

I hope that this information is helpful.


Jackie Shirley

Ministerial Support Team


Comment from library campaigner Shirley Burnham via Twitter: “In a medical emergency the responder applies CPR immediately. In a libraries emergency the responder (DCMS) waits 8 months till the patient is breathing his last or is well and truly dead – Then he drops a line to the bereaved, saying they are still carefully considering what remedy to apply. Procrastination kills the patient – and this is their aim?”


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