HC Deb 21 January 1924 vol 169 cc568-9W

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he will state the reason why the price of the Report of the Select Committee on Betting has been fixed at £1 2s. 6d.; whether any estimate has been made as to the number of copies of the Report which are likely to be sold to the public; and whether the price can be reduced so that the Report might be made more generally available to the public?

Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS

The price of the Report was fixed at £1 2s. 6d. in accordance with the scale of charges for Parliamentary publications, the principles underlying which were fully explained in this House on 16th May, 1922, in a reply to the hon. Member for the Maidstone Division [OFFICIAL REPORT, Vol. 154, pages 235/7]. The answer to the second part of the question is in the affirmative. The Report published includes the Minutes of Evidence, but I am directing that a print of the Report omitting the Evidence be put on sale as a Stationery Office publication, and this will be done at a low price—probably about sixpence.