The position of the Department for Education is that while it would like to see a library in all schools, "this should be a local decision, not one mandated by government", and it is "up to schools to target resources appropriately".
British authors campaigning to make it a legal obligation for every school to have a library. The whole thing in the Guardian, here.
(I'm afraid it had simply never occurred to me that any school could not have a library. Many of the schools I went to overseas had SMALL libraries. I remember exhausting the resources of the Escuela Americana in Brasilia, reading everything I might LIKE to read and then going desperately on to Davy Crockett, Frontier Boy and such; going up and down the shelves at the Colegio Americano de Guayaquil, searching for something to read or trying to dredge up material for a paper in 11th grade. The idea that one might need to pass a law to REQUIRE schools to provide-- )