§ Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many official handbooks to ancient monuments and historic buildings are published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office; how many copies were sold during the most recent year for which figures are available; how much revenue these sales produce; and if this revenue covers the full cost of producing these books.
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
202 official handbooks to ancient monuments and historic buildings are published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office. Some are sold in official bookshops, but most are distributed by the Department of the Environment and sold to the public on site. Total figures of sales to the public are, therefore, not readily available, but during 1975 the total number of copies printed was 2,323,000. The handbooks are normally priced to cover the full cost of production, publishing and selling; but some losses were incurred during the period of Government price restraint.