§ MR. JESSE COLLINGS (Birmingham, Bordesley)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the circulars, posters, and other printed matter issued by the Emigrants, Information Office to shipping agents, emigration agents, post offices, and local authorities are issued free, at cost price, or at a profit; and whether the handbooks and other printed matter sold to representatives and emigration agents of the Colonies in this country are sold at cost price or at a profit.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Colonel SEELY, Liverpool, Abercromby)
The circulars and posters issued by the Emigrants' Information Office are issued free of cost. The handbooks are issued at various prices, not exceeding 6d. for any one book. Those issued at 6d. which relate to tropical possessions and certain foreign countries, probably pay for the cost of production. Those issued at lower prices, including the 1d. hand books on the self-governing Colonies, are issue at a loss.
§ MR. JESSE COLLINGS
Do I understand that this printed matter is supplied to shipping agents at cost price or below it?
§ COLONEL SEELY
On the more expensive ones we probably make a slight profit, but not with the cheaper work. If the right hon. Gentleman will give me a week's notice I can supply him with a profit and loss account.