HC Deb 24 February 1948 vol 447 cc1773-4
78. Mr. Rankin

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the increase in the numbers of school textbooks originating in Canada and the U.S.A. which are appearing in the British schoolbook market; and if he proposes to take any steps in the matter.

Mr. Bottomley

No, Sir. Prior to 12th September, 1947, school text-books could be imported freely under an open general licence but since that date imports have in general been restricted to 100 per cent. by value of the prewar trade.

Mr. Rankin

Is my hon. Friend aware that the publishers' lists now available show that this invasion is taking place, and that it can only be met if a bigger margin is given for school text-books?

Mr. Bottomley

I have stated the regulation. If my hon. Friend has any evidence to show that it is being evaded, I should like to have the information.

Mr. Lipson

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the important thing is whether these are good school text-books, and not where they come from?