HC Deb 03 November 1920 vol 134 cc415-6W

asked the Secretary for Scotland why 5s. is charged for the Report by the Committee on Women in Agriculture in Scotland when the English Report, though slightly longer, is published at 1s. 6d.; and whether he will consider this Report being issued at a price which will make it more accessible to the general public?


The selling price of all Stationery Office publications is based on the cost of production. In the case of the two Reports mentioned by the hon. Baronet, the difference in price is due to the cost being spread over a much larger edition in the case of the English Report as compared with the Scottish Report. The loss to the Exchequer if the Scottish Report were priced at 1s. 6d. would be roughly £50, and in view of that fact I see no reason for departing from the usual procedure in this instance.