HC Deb 18 March 1959 vol 602 cc50-2W
Mr. Thornton

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, how many scientific publications were received by Government scientific research establishments during 1958 from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; and how many of these have been translated in whole or in part from Russian into English.

Mr. H. Nicholls

No central records exist of the scientific publications received by all the Government research establishments, and the collection of this information would require an inordinate amount of time and expense.

The Lending Library Unit of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research has, however, one of the most comprehensive collections of current Russian scientific literature in the West. During 1958 this section received 330 regular periodicals, parts of some 500 irregular serial titles, and 2,600 books. Thirty-seven of the periodicals and about 4,000 periodical articles were translated into English. Twenty of the books were completely translated and a few hundred extracts of books were translated. The greater part of this translation work was supported by United States organisations, but during 1959 the British contribution to the English-speaking world's Russian translation programme will be larger.