§ Mr. MALCOLM
asked upon which Vote the cost of the publication of Admiral Wilson's official Memorandum, included in the Secretary of State for War's recent work on compulsory service, will be borne; and whether the cost of producing that volume, containing official and semi-official information unobtainable elsewhere, will be defrayed out of public funds, or whether the expense of publication and the profits of sale will fall to a private firm of publishers?
§ Sir CLEMENT KINLOCH-COOKE
asked the Prime Minister whether his sanction was asked and obtained before the book, entitled "Compulsory Service," was published; can he give any precedent for a War Minister collaborating with the First Sea Lord and a general officer on the Active List in the publication of a book commenting on the naval and military policy of the Government; with whom did the publisher make his contract; and who receives the profits arising from the publication of the book?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I may state that no expense whatever for the publication of this work will be met out of any public funds. I am informed that the publisher made his contract with my right hon. Friend, and presumably the latter will receive the profits, if any, that may arise from the sale. The publication of the book did not require my sanction. I do not know whether there are any precedents, and I do not think it necessary to inquire.
§ Mr. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN
Can we have this First Lord's Memorandum laid on the Table for the information of Members of the House, so that they may have access to it without paying a royalty to the Secretary of State for War?
§ Lord HUGH CECIL
Does the document rank as an official document, or a private publication of the Secretary of State?