HC Deb 27 April 1944 vol 399 c936
55. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the particular strain of the times and the special need for people to get as much repose and recreation as possible, he will arrange to keep Kew Gardens open until dusk instead of closing it as at present at 7 o'clock and 8 o'clock at the height of the summer.

Mr. Hudson

I have reviewed this question and regret that for a number of reasons which I am explaining to the hon. Member, I am unable to adopt his proposal.

Mr. Keeling

Have the summer hours been extended since the institution of double summer time some years ago? If not, will my right hon. Friend look at the matter again, as it would be a very great boon to workers?

Mr. Hudson

I doubt whether it would be a boon to workers, because the result of extending the hour of closing would result in the very greatest inconvenience owing to the decrease of transport.

Mr. G. Strauss

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a very large number of people are turned out when the gates are closed?

Mr. Hudson

They would be in a much worse position if they were turned out after a later closing rime and found themselves unable to get home.