HC Deb 22 June 1857 vol 146 c140

said, he would beg to ask the right hon. Baronet the First Commissioner of the Board of Works whether any arrangement had been made for the accommodation of Members of both Houses of Parliament on the occasion of the distribution by Her Majesty of the Victoria Cross?


Sir, I am directed to state that the object of the Government is to provide as much general accommodation as possible, and not to give more exclusive accommodation than is absolutely necessary; and I have received instructions to make arrangements as follows—There will be a centre compartment for the Queen; there will be two other compartments, one on the right and the other on the left, to accommodate the members of the corps diplomatique, the great officers of State, both past and present, and distinguished naval and military officers, inclusive of the relations of those officers who are to receive the decorations from Her Majesty. Independent of this there will be wings to these compartments, one on the north and the other on the south, affording room for about 7,000 or 8,000 persons. These persons will be admitted by tickets, which must be applied for at the Quartermaster General's office, Horse Guards, and any Peer or Member of Parliament desirous of attending will receive a ticket on making application on or before Wednesday evening. There will be a large space of ground in the park for the public who do not obtain tickets.