HC Deb 25 March 1942 vol 378 cc1972-3
15. Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is satisfied that adequate provision is made at all Royal Air Force stations in this country for a supply of books?

Sir A. Sinclair

Every endeavour has been and is being made to ensure that, despite the shortage of paper, a liberal and varied supply of reading matter is available at R.A.F. stations. Apart from recreational and other books provided at public expense, valuable help is received from the Services Libraries and Books Fund which welcomes gifts of new or secondhand books and magazines from the public generally.

Mr. Lipson

Will my right hon. Friend say who is responsible for providing books at stations, and will he take note of the fact that the other day an airman to whom I gave a lift told me that he had to go several miles to buy a book, and that there were none at all at his station, which was a big one?

Sir A. Sinclair

They are supplied by the Ministry, and arrangements have been made. If the hon. Member will give me particulars, I will be very glad to look into them.

Mr. Pickthorn

Can my right hon. Friend say what proportion of the books is "liberal" and what proportion of the books is "varied"?