§ 76. Mr. HARCOURT JOHNSTONE
asked the Financial Secretary to the 232 Treasury on what grounds a book entitled "Judgments delivered by Lord Chancellor Birkenhead, 1919–22," durably bound in buckram, has been published by the Stationery Office at the public expense; whether any estimate has been formed of the probable sale of this book; and what is the estimated profit or loss on the publication?
I understand that authority for the official publication of the volume in question was given in June, 1921, and that it was published in July, 1923. I am not aware of the grounds on which previous Governments authorised this publication at public expense. A reliable estimate of the ultimate sale of such a publication can hardly be given. If credit be allowed for copies distributed for official purposes, the loss on publication at the present date is approximately £145, but further sales will, of course, reduce this deficit.
§ Mr. JOHNSTONE
Does the hon. Gentleman propose to publish a volume of Lord Chancellor Haldane's Judgments at the same cost—30s. per volume?
May I say at once without hesitation that there is no chance whatever of our undertaking a publication of that kind.
§ Mr. STURROCK
Is it not the case that these Judgments of Lord Birkenhead are universally recognised as being of the highest value?
§ Major HORE-BELISHA
Will the hon. Gentleman undertake to advise the Minister of Education to distribute them as glittering prizes in the secondary schools?