§ Mr. Higgins
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what steps he intends to take to improve services given by Her Majesty's Stationery Office and the Government bookshop to those who wish to 41W purchase official publications including Acts of Parliament.
§ Mr. Channon
The services given are as good as the present distribution arrangements allow. Her Majesty's Stationery Office is already implementing plans for the improvement of these arrangements; but the relocation of the London warehouse, the change in the operating procedures and the staff negotiations involved mean that there must inevitably be a considerable delay in achieving the improvement which I recognise as essential.