HC Deb 05 July 1938 vol 338 c187
52. Mr. Day

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the net trading profit accruing to the Treasury from the State printing establishments and the capital employed in the same for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date?

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Captain Euan Wallace)

The net trading profit for the year ending 31st March, 1937, accruing to the Treasury from the State printing and binding establishments amounted to £154,783. Owing to the special relations which exist between the State and these establishments it is difficult within the limits of an answer to a Parliamentary question to deal with the question of the capital employed in any particular period. I am, however, sending to the hon. Member a copy of the volume of Trading Accounts and Balance Sheets for 1936, which includes on pages 98 to for the accounts of the Stationery Office Printing and Binding Establishments for the year ended 3rst March, 1937.

Mr. Day

In view of these results, do the Government intend to increase the size and capacity of the State printing establishments?

Captain Wallace

Perhaps the hon. Member will read the Volume, which I am sending to him, before making up his mind.

Mr. Thorne

Why should the hon. Member have a privilege? Why cannot we all have it?

Captain Wallace

It can be got from the Vote Office.