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Her Majesty's Stationery Office

Volume 887: debated on Monday 3 March 1975

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service, in view of complaints of slowness and delay in dealing with requests for recent official publications, whether he will investigate the service offered by Her Majesty's Stationery Office to members of the public.

The service and organisation of Her Majesty's Stationery Office's bookselling operation has been reviewed by a team including specialist consultants. Their report is under consideration. The present acute difficulties arise from exceptionally heavy parliamentary publishing and increased public demand.

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will ensure that in the future Government publications are made available at Her Majesty's Stationery Office in Belfast at the same time as they are available in other of Her Majesty's Stationery Offices in the United Kingdom.

Most Government publications originate in London Consequently they are sometimes available there a little earlier than elsewhere, but supplies are sent to Belfast at the same time as to other of Her Majesty's Stationery Office bookshops outside London.