GREAT BRITAIN: The Wolfenden Report

From the presses of Her Majesty's Stationery Office last week came a 155-page, blue-paper-backed official report that was destined to be a runaway bestseller even before the first copy was up for sale. The book: the long-awaited Report of the Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution, compiled after three years of research, investigation and learned pondering by a group of 15 prominent Britons headed by Sir John Wolfenden, 51, Vice-Chancellor of Reading University. The first printing of 5,000 copies was sold out within a few hours, and Her Majesty's printers quickly got to work on a second printing.

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