HC Deb 06 March 1969 vol 779 c152W
54 and 55. Sir T. Beamish

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) why the Driving and Motoring Manual is being published by the Stationery Office; if he is aware of publisher's concern about the use of Her Majesty's Stationery Office for commercial purposes; if he will give an assurance that this decision will not be regarded as a precedent in future; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many copies of the Driving and Motoring Manual have been printed; how many he expects to sell in the first 12 months after release; what are the selling price and the profit per copy, respectively; and to what purpose any profits are to be applied.

Mr. Taverne

The White Paper on Road Safety (Cmnd. 3339) stated that, as one of the special measures to raise the standard of driving instruction, the Ministry of Transport would issue an official driving manual. H.M.S.O., as the Government publishing organisation, will produce it as is usual with such official material. I am not aware of any concern on the part of commercial publishers. The print and price have not yet been fixed.

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