HC Deb 01 April 1886 vol 304 cc451-2
MR. F. HARDCASTLE (Lancashire, S.E., Westhoughton)

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether he is willing to enter into arrangements on liberal terms with Chambers of Commerce, and other recognised Associations of Traders, whereby, on payment annually of a moderate sum calculated on the number of their members, every member of such Chamber or Association shall receive by post a copy of every commercial circular or other report, and other Government publications bearing on trade subjects?

THE PRESIDENT (Mr. MUNDELLA) (Sheffield, Brightside)

The Board of Trade will be very pleased to consider any proposal for the distribution of the publications issued by them to Chambers of Commerce. They could not, however, undertake the sale and distribution of such publications at reduced rates to individual members of such institutions, as that would be a duty quite beyond the province of the Board of Trade, and would entail considerable expense on the Treasury.