Engineering Textbooks

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 19th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Colegate Mr Arthur Colegate , The Wrekin

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the difficulty in obtaining textbooks for engineering and other students; and whether he will take steps to see that a sufficient number of people are available in the book-printing and book-binding industries to enable the position to be remedied?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am informed that there is no serious shortage of technical books, although there have been difficulties. The labour position in the book-printing and book-binding industries is constantly under review.

Photo of Mr Arthur Colegate Mr Arthur Colegate , The Wrekin

Surely the Minister is aware that one press alone claims that 500 textbooks are out of print? Does that not call for some remedial action?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Of course, many books are running out of print, but the demands made upon me for war work are so great that I have to decide which is the most urgent.

Photo of Mr Arthur Colegate Mr Arthur Colegate , The Wrekin

Are not engineering textbooks essential for the war effort?