HC Deb 16 March 1950 vol 472 cc1227-8
8. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the circumstances which made it necessary recently to place a police guard on the Coronation Stone at Kingston-upon-Thames.

Mr. Ede

Special police measures were taken because the police had reason to believe that a breach of the peace might occur in the vicinity.

Mr. Walter Fletcher

Was it fear of action by the Minister of Health by any chance?

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

In view of the fact that Ethelred the Unready was crowned on this stone can the right hon. Gentleman agree that the town council of Kingston has shown a very remarkable change as opposed to the very unhapply record of that Monarch?

Mr. Ede

I would advise the hon. and gallant Gentleman to consult with the people who were considering committing a breach of the peace.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Would the Secretary of State recall his previous profession and teach my hon. and gallant Friend some history?

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