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Philip Pullman welcomes free book scheme 'U-turn'

Author Philip Pullman has welcomed news that a charity that gives free books to children will continue to receive funding.

Booktrust had been told it would lose all its £13m government funding for its bookgifting programmes in England, but ministers now say funding will continue.

Labour described the situation as a "fiasco", while some writers were angered by fears that the charity may be unable to continue.

Philip Pullman said the initiative should be "universal" and was an "important national responsibility".

  • 26 Dec 2010