HC Deb 14 August 1919 vol 119 cc1620-1
54. Sir J. BUTCHER

asked the Prime Minister if he will state when the volumes of historical, economic, and geographical information which were prepared for the use of the British delegates in Paris will be published; and whether the prices will be fixed at such reasonable amounts as will make them generally accessible?


Arrangements are being made by the Foreign Office for the publication of the Peace handbooks prepared for the use of the British Delegation at the Peace Conference at Paris. Considerable editorial work is involved, and at the present moment it is impossible to say when the volumes will be ready for issue. Due economy will be exercised in respect of the remuneration of the editorial staff and in cutting down the cost of preparation and production. It is to be anticipated that the books can be issued at prices sufficiently low to render them generally accessible to the public.


Will these handbooks be issued as a White Paper, or will Members have to buy them?


I think hon. Members will have to buy them. There are many volumes.