HC Deb 09 July 1975 vol 895 cc167-8W
Mr. Moonman

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what is the nature of the grant to the English Language Book Society for assistance in publishing and for the Hong Kong reprints.

Mr. Prentice

My Department subsidises the production, by the original publishers, of selected British textbooks under the Low Priced Books Scheme for use in educational institutions in some 80 devel- oping countries including Hong Kong. This support, amounting to £775,000 in 1975–76, enables the books to be sold to students at one-third to one-half of the price of the standard editions. Over 470 titles are currently available in a wide range of developmental subjects, and total sales to date are around 11½ million.