HC Deb 09 January 1996 vol 269 cc123-4W
Mr. Corbett

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make it his policy to ensure that Government Bills and papers published by HMSO are available in HMSO bookshops outside London on the same date as they are on sale in the capital. [7433]

Mr. Willetts

Significant Command Papers are made available simultaneously in HMSO's regional bookshops whenever production timetables and security considerations allow; arrangements are also made for local availability when titles are likely to have particular relevance in any specific area. The timetables for Bill production usually preclude release outside London on the day of publication but, during recent months, HMSO has transmitted the text of selected Government Bills for local printing and same-day publication in Edinburgh. The results of this initiative are being evaluated.