HC Deb 01 May 1940 vol 360 cc706-7
41. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the decisions recently reached with the Lord Chamberlain's Department regarding evening entertainments in London; and whether he will avoid imposing further and unnecessary restrictions on the enjoyment and recreation of our people, unless such are urgently required in the interests of our war effort?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Peake)

The conclusions of the conference recently held by the Lord Chamberlain were published in the Press on the following day. I will send my hon. and gallant Friend a copy and I can assure him that the Government have no wish needlessly to restrict legitimate forms of entertainment and recreation.

Sir T. Moore

While thanking my hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask whether the Home Secretary and my hon. Friend will bear in mind in handling this admittedly difficult problem that we are fighting to retain our liberties and not to surrender them?

Mr. Lyons

Will my hon. Friend publish the recommendations of the conference in the Official Report?

Mr. Peake

The recommendations have been published in the "Times" and all the other newspapers.

Rear-Admiral Beamish

Will my hon. Friend let the House know where these entertainments are to be seen?