HC Deb 17 April 1890 vol 343 c681
MR. ALFRED THOMAS (Glamorgan E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if the Government will appoint a publisher in Wales, say at Cardiff, for the sale of Parliamentary Papers, Bills, Acts of Parliament, and other Government publications; and will cause the name of the publisher for Wales to be set forth on the imprint of all such documents, along with the names of the publishers for England, Scotland, and Ireland?


Sale agencies for Government publications of all kinds have been granted, after competition, to three firms for 10 years from January 1, 1887, the rights of the one firm extending to England and Wales together, the others respectively to Scotland and Ireland. So long as these contracts run it is impossible for the Government to grant a fourth contract for sale agency in Wales, but I am not aware of any inconvenience to inhabitants of the Principality, resulting from the present system, which would necessitate the establishment of a separate agency for Wales. Monthly lists of the Parliamentary Papers are exhibited in the chief post offices in Wales, including Cardiff, with order forms for the use of the public.