HC Deb 19 February 1931 vol 248 cc1458-9

(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of the Overseas Trade Department whether he is yet in a position to state the nature of the official welcome to be given to Captain Malcolm Campbell?

Mr. GILLETT (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

In consultation with my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Transport, I have arranged that we shall jointly receive Captain Malcolm Campbell on behalf of His Majesty's Govern- ment in Westminster Hall at 4.5 p.m. to-morrow, Friday afternoon. Every effort is being made to provide the utmost accommodation and for this purpose the whole space of the Great Hall will be placed at the disposal of the public, who will be admitted without tickets.


May I ask my hon. Friend whether he has noticed that the patriotic newspapers are giving more publicity to Charlie Chaplin than to the hero of whom we are speaking?


Is there to be no official recognition of men who have worked 50 years down the coal mines? Are they not heroes?