HC Deb 08 March 1937 vol 321 cc795-6
46. Sir A. Knox

asked the Lord President of the Council to what groups seats on Government stands to view the Coronation procession will be allotted?

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

As the reply is rather a long one, I will, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, circulate the list in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Sir A. Knox

Will the right hon. Gentleman also circulate the numbers allotted to different organisations?

Mr. MacDonald

I cannot commit myself to that. It raises a different question.

Captain Sir William Brass

How many seats will be allotted to the co-operators?

Following is the reply:


  1. 1. The Royal Household, including suites of foreign guests, Duchy of Lancaster and Cornwall tenants.
  2. 2. Houses of Parliament.
  3. 3. Navy, Army and Air Force (including civilian staffs, Reserves, Territorials, nursing services, etc.).
  4. 4. Navy, Army and Air Force pensioners and veterans (including British Legion, Old Comrades Associations, disabled men, etc.).
  5. 5. Home Civil Service.
  6. 6. Diplomatic Corps.
  7. 7. Overseas visitors.
  8. 8. Local administration, public utility corporations, etc.
  9. 9. Associations of persons engaged in commerce, industry, finance, insurance, transport, shipping, agriculture, etc.
  10. 10. Associations of persons engaged in professional occupations.
  11. 11. Associations representing learning, science, art, letters and teaching.
  12. 12. Trades unions and other organisations representative of Labour, etc.
  13. 13. Women's institutes.
  14. 14. Young persons' and children's organisations.
  15. 15. Religious organisations.
  16. 16. The Press.
  17. 17. Miscellaneous.

47. Major Stourton

asked the Lord President of the Council what reservation of seats there is to be made in that portion of the route controlled by the Government to enable representatives of ex-service men's organisations throughout the country to view the Coronation procession?

Mr. MacDonald

Seating accommodation on stands has been reserved for pensioners and veterans of the Fighting Services, including the British Legion, Old Comrades' Associations and similar bodies, in the Mall and Constitution Hill. In addition, a number of chairs have been assigned to disabled men on Constitution Hill, and space has been provided for wheel-chairs and for charabancs to carry disabled men who are unable to he brought in any other manner. Standing space will also be provided at Hyde Park Corner for a considerable number of ex-service men, and special arrangements are being made for holders of the Victoria Cross.

Major Stourton

Can the right hon. Gentleman state the exact number of seats that will be reserved for ex-service men's representatives on the route?

Mr. MacDonald

I cannot.