HC Deb 10 November 1976 vol 919 cc193-4W
40. Mr. Onslow

asked the Secretary of State for Industry why it is not the practice of his Department to keep a record of the number of sales of publications in the "Business Monitor" series; and what steps he takes, in these circumstances, to establish the extent of demand for this service.

Mr. Les Huckfield

"Business Monitors" are published and sold by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, which has no need to keep detailed sales records for each individual title. To provide such records would create a disproportionate amount of work. The "Business Monitor" series is a cheap and efficient way of making available to the business community and to the public statistics which are collected primarily for Government use. As to measuring the demand, it is known that some 450,000 monthly and quarterly "Production Monitors" are sold each year.

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