§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the anticipated publication date of the Welsh Office Annual Report "Wales: Cymru 1975"; and if he will list the publication date of this report for every year since it was first introduced.
§ Mr. John Morris
I decided last year to discontinue this report because of lack of public interest in it, and because I take every opportunity of reporting fully to Parliament on the Welsh Office's activities. The last issue was "Wales: Cymru, 1973", which was published in June 1974. The reports relating to the years 1970, 1971 and 1972 were each published in the following June. Earlier issues were published in the following February or March.
Following complaints by Members that old-style annual reports were not effective for statistical analysis I arranged for the publication of two new annual statistical reviews, "Welsh Economic Trends", and "Health and Personal Social Services Statistics for Wales", both first issued in 1974. These publications are augmented by the Welsh Office's Quarterly Economic Bulletins and by the Digest of Welsh Statistics, all of which are available to Members in the House of Commons library.