After visiting local W.H. Smith stores (as well as Tesco and Morrison's ) I was advised that that "the Hierarchy had decided not to stock the recent edition and will not stock any edition in the future. When, again asked why, the reply was that the reasons for the decision had not been passed down. Asked if the 'Hierarchy' was familiar with the concept of 'Freedom of Speech', the reply was "I presume they are....".
Should anybody wish to contact W.H. Smith on this matter the number for this is 08451255222