HC Deb 29 July 1963 vol 682 c20W
Mr. Hooson

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs, in view of the difficulties being experienced in securing a guaranteed output of Welsh books, if, following the assistance now being extended to authors by local authorities through the Welsh Books Council, he will take steps to ensure that the annual Treasury grant to Welsh publishers shall be trebled in total amount and extended to cover the provision of children's books.

Sir K. Joseph

This grant has been steadily increased over the past few years. It has been my hope that through increased sales, assisted by the grant, and increased public support the publishers of Welsh books would become strong enough to carry on without assistance. I am not at present convinced that the grant needs to be increased or extended as the hon. Member suggests.