HC Deb 29 May 1911 vol 26 cc711-2

asked the hon. Member for Southampton, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, if a large structure is to be erected on the Whitehall side of the new entrance to St. James's Park, between the new Admiralty Arch and Spring Gardens by His Majesty's Office of Works for the accommodation of sightseers; and, if so, seeing that such an erection will largely frustrate the object of the heavy expenditure specially incurred by the London County Council and the Westminster City Council to open up for Coronation purposes the vista from Charing Cross to Buckingham Palace, will he reconsider the proposal for this structure?

The TREASURER of the HOUSEHOLD (Mr. Dudley Ward)

Stands are to be erected on the Whitehall side of the Admiralty Arch to enable officers of His Majesty's Navy to witness the processions, but the hon. Member is evidently under a misapprehension, for there is no intention of making them of such a size as to impair the vista from Trafalgar Square.


asked the Prime Minister whether, on the assumption that all the Members of this House are entitled to similar courtesy, and as each Member having a wife, an unmarried sister, or a daughter is to receive an invitation to be present at the solemnity of the Coronation for one such relative, he will make such fitting representations to the Earl Marshal as will persuade him to extend an equal privilege to those Members who have no wife, nor unmarried sister, nor daughter, but who have a mother, so that such other Members may receive an invitation for this nearer relative in blood?


The Prime Minister is in communication with the Earl Marshal on this matter.