HC Deb 31 March 1949 vol 463 cc1441-2
45. Mr. Dumpleton

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the achievements of the British people in the common effort towards national reconstruction since the end of the war, and in view of the tasks yet to be accomplished, he will consult with religious leaders with a view to arranging a day for national thanksgiving and rededication.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

I have considered my hon. Friend's suggestion but cannot see my way to adopt it.

Mr. Dumpleton

Is the Prime Minister aware that if he could favourably consider this suggestion it would be very widely appreciated in the country; and would he bear in mind that May Day this year falls on a Sunday and that that would be a very appropriate day?

Brigadier Medlicott

Is the Prime Minister sure that his decision in the matter is not influenced by the growing reluctance of himself and his friends to admit that anyone outside the Labour Party has ever done anything for humanity?

Mr. Henry Strauss

When the right hon. Gentleman considers this matter, will he also consider whether the same day could be a day of repentance in which Ministers could do penance for describing their fellow citizens as lower than vermin?

Mr. Gallacher

If the Prime Minister should consider this matter with the Tories and the religious leaders, will he see that the dollar god of America gets due reverence?