HC Deb 25 November 1920 vol 135 cc628-9

(by Private Notice) asked the Leader of the House whether he can say what arrangement has been made to enable Members of Parliament to attend to-morrow's ceremony in connection with the funerals of the officers who lost their lives in Dublin last Sunday?

Mr. BONAR LAW (Leader of the House)

I have here a report of what the proceedings will be, and perhaps the House will be interested to hear it read:

The following is a general outline of the arrangements for the procession and services at the Abbey and the Cathedral to-morrow:

The bodies, nine in all, will be brought to Euston Station early to-morrow morning.

They will be conducted on gun carriages in funeral procession to the Abbey or the Cathedral, where services will be held.

The coffins will subsequently be conveyed, separately and without troops, on hearses, to the several places of burial.

The route will be Euston Road, Tottenham Court Road, Charing Cross Road, St. Martin's Place, Whitehall, Parliament Square, the Abbey.

Thence, Victoria Street, Ashley Place, Westminster Cathedral.

The procession will be composed of massed bands, four battalions of Guards, two squadrons of Household Mounted Troops.

The King will be represented at the Abbey and the Cathedral.

Seats in both the Abbey and the Cathedral are being reserved for Members of both Houses of Parliament, who will enter the Abbey by the West Cloister Door, and the Cathedral by the Main Entrance.

I might take the liberty of suggesting to hon. Members who desire to go to Westminster Cathedral as well that the time is 10.45 at the Abbey and 11 o'clock at the Cathedral. Tickets for the Abbey are in the hands of Mr. Speaker's Secretary, and will be given to hon. Member's applying for them. In the case of the Cathedral, that is not necessary, as hon. Members will be admitted as they arrive on presentation of their cards. Perhaps it will be convenient if I say that I propose to move that the House shall meet at 12.30 to-morrow.


Will the right hon. Gentleman say if the Government have considered the advisability, after the Adjournment to-day, of moving that we should adjourn until Monday?


I do not think that is necessary.

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