HC Deb 04 April 1940 vol 359 cc321-2
76. Mr. Mander

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what action is being taken as a result of the report by the Select Committee on Publications and Debates, recommending that certain steps should be taken to increase the circulation of the Official Report through the British Broadcasting Corporation, by advertising and by circulars to libraries, clubs, societies and educative institutions?

Captain Crookshank

The matter is under consideration by the Departments concerned.

Mr. Graham White

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman bear in mind that there is a considerable section of the public who think that the Official Report is a private publication circulating among Members of Parliament only, and will he see that that view is effectively dispelled?

Captain Crookshank

I think the Questions which have been asked in this House recently ought to help in that direction.

Mr. Mander

Can the Minister say how soon he hopes to be able to announce the Government's decision on this matter?

Captain Crookshank

No, Sir.

Brigadier-General Sir Henry Croft

But is not the country already suffering from boredom as one of its principal complaints?

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