HC Deb 01 December 1960 vol 631 cc586-7
40. Mr. Ginsburg

asked the Prime Minister what representations he has received from Mr. Nehru about the low-priced textbooks to be supplied to India under the Government's scheme.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

None, Sir.

Mr. Ginsburg

While welcoming that assurance, may I ask whether the Prime Minister is aware that only one economic textbook has been provided for India under that scheme, namely, Marshall's "Principles of Economics," first published in 1890? Will the Prime Minister consult the publishers; they are a firm very well known to him? Have they not something a little more up to date in stock? Will he suggest to them Keynes' "Theory of Employment" or perhaps "The Middle Way", by a promising prewar economist?

The Prime Minister

I am informed that at all stages there has been close consultation with the Indian authorities. The hon. Member's Question, however, allows me to say that for obvious reasons I have myself taken no part in any Ministerial discussions of this matter, and I should be greatly obliged if Questions could be addressed either to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster or to the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations.