HC Deb 26 July 1950 vol 478 cc448-9
45. Sir Wavell Wakefield

asked the Lord President of the Council what steps he is proposing to take to relieve congestion at the South Bank site of the Festival of Britain, and in particular, with regard to arrangements for catering by greater use of facilities offered by the river.

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Maidstone (Mr. Bossom) on Monday last. I am not clear what are the additional catering facilities to which he refers, but I would be very glad to examine any suggestions he cares to make.

Sir W. Wakefield

Would the right hon. Gentleman consider approaching the appropriate authorities to see whether it is possible to use, during August and September, the catering facilities and the Terraces at the House of Commons, and, in that way, reduce the deficit and provide facilities for overseas visitors?

Mr. Morrison

That would be a matter for the House authorities. I think it is worthy of consideration, but it obviously would not be for me to determine. I will see that it is considered by the proper authorities.

Earl Winterton

Will the right hon. Gentleman also make it clear, despite what my hon. Friend says, that the House of Commons should be consulted?

Mr. Morrison

There are means of doing it. I hope the noble Lord will not provoke me into a spiteful attack on his hon. Friend, who put his supplementary Question in perfectly good faith.

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