HC Deb 17 March 1896 vol 38 cc1156-7
MR. W. J. GALLOWAY (Manchester, S.W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, whether the Treasury will make such arrangements as will enable the Provincial Press to receive Blue-books at the same time as the London Press?


No Parliamentary Paper is allowed to be sold until it has been issued to Members. As soon as a Paper is so issued, it is placed on sale, and London newspapers, being on the spot, must unavoidably get the start of the Provincial Press. This would not be remedied by withholding the Papers from the London Press, as the hon. Member appears to imply, for some of the London papers would be sure to obtain copies from Members, and this would create a genuine grievance among those which failed to do so.


asked whether it is not the fact that the Provincial Press, in almost every instance, had offices in London, and that the man who delivered the Blue-books to the London Press actually passed the doors of the Provincial Press?


was understood to say that he did not know, but that if it was so, he would inquire into the matter.

MR. J. H. DALZIEL (Kirkcaldy Burghs)

asked if it were not the case that the London offices paid for the books, and got them from the printers?


said he did not know.