HC Deb 13 May 1943 vol 389 cc783-4
46. Mr. Denville

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider with favour permission being granted to all churches to sound the Angelus bell?

Mr. Attlee

In accordance with the announcement already made the existing orders have been relaxed to permit the ringing of church bells on Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day to summon worshippers to church. The relaxation therefore does not extend to the sounding of the Angelus bell. I cannot at present add to that statement.

Mr. Denville

Will my right hon. friend try and meet the wishes of those who are favouring a revival of religion in this country by granting this most desirable observance, if only for its good propaganda?

Mr. Stokes

In view of the Prime Minister's statement that the significance of invasion no longer attaches to the ringing of bells, what is the reason for any restraint at all?

Sir Herbert Williams

Why is it more dangerous to ring the bells of St. Margaret's than Big Ben?

Mr. Attlee

I have no idea.