HC Deb 06 February 1939 vol 343 cc625-6
36. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he can now make a full statement with regard to the arrangements made for the New York World's Fair; what are to be the special facilities to enable the maximum number of British people to attend; have arrangements been made to show documentary films of real British life; and will consideration be given to the proposal for demonstrations of British sport, to include matches to be played by English and Scottish first division association football teams?

Mr. R. S. Hudson

As the answer is long I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The British Pavilion is now well on the way to completion. The arrangements for exhibits in the Pavilion include the presentation of an historical exhibit dealing with the development of the democracies of this country and the United States. The principal exhibit in this section will be the Lincoln copy of Magna Carta. There will also be exhibits dealing with social services, the development of British mercantile shipping, historic heraldry, and the attractions of Britain. Examples of British architecture will be shown and an Art Gallery in the Pavilion will contain examples of British contemporary painting and sculpture. A Hall of Metals will illustrate the progress of the iron and steel industries of this country and there will be exhibits of fine woollens, Irish linen, fine pottery, leather, gold and silver plate, bookbinding, civil aviation, the Royal Mint, and British official printing and publications. Adjacent to the Pavilion will be an English Garden, where Military bands will play. There will also be a restaurant for light refreshments.

As regards facilities for British people to visit the Fair, I understand that the British shipping companies will make available at a reduced rate monthly excursion tickets during certain periods of the Fair. There will be a cinema to display British films, including documentary films, representing many aspects of life in this country. I have no information regarding the proposal mentioned at the conclusion of the question.