HC Deb 16 June 1958 vol 589 cc653-4
7. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what arrangements he makes to have an adequate selection of Scottish Ordnance Survey maps available for purchase by tourists and others at bookshops in England and Wales, including bookshops of Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

Mr. John Hare

The stocking of Ordnance Survey maps must be a matter for the booksellers, and no special arrangements are made in England and Wales for holding maps of Scotland, either in the shops of Her Majesty's Stationery Office or others. Copies of Ordnance Survey maps not in stock can be ordered through most booksellers or obtained from the Department's principal agents in London.

Mr. Thomson

Is the Minister aware that he has the responsibility at least for Stationery Office bookshops? Is he aware that my information is that these Scottish maps are not readily available in sufficient variety in England? In view of the importance of tourism to Scotland, will not he start a sales drive for these maps?

Mr. Hare

The Stationery Office is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, but I will certainly see that the hon. Member's point is brought to my right hon. Friend's attention.