HC Deb 19 January 1937 vol 319 cc26-7
47. Major Stourton

asked the Lord President of the Council whether he will make a statement as to the allocation of stands in the substantial portion of the route controlled by the Government to view the Coronation procession; whether he will give an assurance that adequate accommodation will be reserved for the poorer section of the community; and will he consider reserving seats for representatives of ex-service men's organisations throughout the country?

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the announcement which appeared in the Press on Saturday last. In it the general principles are set forth on which the accommodation is being allocated. To that announcement I am not at present in a position to add; but I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that the points to which he refers are all being borne in mind.

Major Stourton

Are ex-service men being given special consideration in the Government scheme?

Mr. MacDonald

Yes, Sir.

50. Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in celebration of the Coronation, he will arrange for recipients of old age and widows' pensions to receive an extra 10s.?

Mr. Chamberlain

I regret that the Government cannot see their way to promote the legislation which would be necessary to authorise such grants.