HC Deb 09 July 1942 vol 381 cc960-1W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been drawn to the difficulty in obtaining publications published by the Stationery Office on behalf of the Government, details of which have been furnished to him, particularly the numerous pamphlets and leaflets giving advice to agriculturalists and even to farm labourers; and whether he will arrange for some more accessible method of distribution than that now in force, namely, through the booksellers, an almost impossible method in small country districts, or direct application to the Stationery Office?

Captain Crookshank

I have inquired about the publication mentioned in the letter which my hon. Friend sent me, but there is no evidence that the general public in country districts have found it difficult to obtain this or other similar official publications. More than 250,000 copies of the particular publication have been sold in the normal way. Any official publication not available at the local bookseller can be quickly obtained by post direct from the Stationery Office sales office in London or the nearest provincial sales office. The stocking of such publications at post offices would involve additional labour and the use of additional paper that cannot be contemplated in present circumstances which render necessary all possible economies in both.

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