HC Deb 27 July 1971 vol 822 cc53-4W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will publish full details, for the longest convenient time, of the White Papers issued by Government Departments, which were circulated to the general public by or through the Post Office or any other stated official agency, and at what costs, where such White Paper had not been taken note of or agreed to by the House of Commons prior to such circularising; and on what Vote the costs were carried.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

All White Papers are published by the Stationery Office. After presentation to Parliament they are sold to the general public through Stationery Office bookshops and through booksellers generally. In some instances Government Departments make limited free distributions to interested bodies after a Paper has been presented to Parliament and published. None has been distributed to the public by the Stationery Office through the Post Office, except in the normal course of business through the post. The cost of producing and distributing White Papers to the public and to Government Departments is borne on the Stationery Office Vote. Different considerations apply to popular versions of White Papers.