§ 30. Mr. GODFREY NICHOLSON
asked the First Commissioner of Works how many Members of each House of Parliament have intimated their intention of being present at the ceremony in Westminster Hall on 9th May; and whether he can now say how much accommodation will be available for the wives of Members?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
464 Members of the other House and 455 Members of this House have intimated their intention of being present on the 9th May; accordingly accommodation will be available for ballot for 180 wives, or other nearest female relatives, of Members of this House, in addition to 46 wives or relatives of Ministers, or ex-Cabinet Ministers who are Members of this House, and are being invited without recourse to the ballot.
§ 31. Mr. G. NICHOLSON
asked the First Commissioner of Works what arrangements are being made for parking Members' motor cars on the occasion of the presentation of addresses to His Majesty in Westminster Hall on 4th May?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
Owing to the fact that His Majesty will leave, after proceeding through the Hall, from the north door, it will not be possible for Members to park their cars in New Palace Yard, but I hope to arrange with the Commissioner of Police for parking places to be available in the vicinity. A parking label will be issued to every Member who has signed the book notifying his intention of being present in Westminster Hall. It will also be necessary to restrict the access of cars to New Palace Yard from 10.45 a.m. until after His Majesty's departure. It will greatly assist the traffic authorities if as many Members as possible will reach the House by Westminster underground station and the subway.
32. Captain BALFOUR
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether the National Anthem will be played by a military band or reproduced from a gramophone record on the occasion of the royal visit to Westminster Hall on 9th May?
§ Mr. THORNE
Does the right hon. Gentleman think there will be any objection to the singing of the Socialist song "England Arise"?
39. Captain BALFOUR
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether the War Office could, upon 1838 request made by the appropriate department, provide a military band to play the National Anthem on the occasion of the royal visit to Westminster Hall on 9th May?