HC Deb 01 May 1950 vol 474 c1405
45. Mr. Llewellyn

asked the Lord President of the Council for how long H.M.S. " Campania " will call at Cardiff; at what other Welsh ports she will call; and whether he will publish her itinerary so as to enable the Welsh nation to prepare a traditional welcome for her

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

Arrangements are being made for the Festival ship " Campania " to be on show at Cardiff from 1st August to 12th August, 1951. I very much regret that it has not been found possible for the ship to call at any other Welsh port.

Mr. Llewellyn

In reaching this decision, was the Welsh Advisory Council's advice taken? Will the right hon. Gentleman consider inviting the Council on board, so that the silent Services may become better acquainted?

Mr. Morrison

I will see that that last point is considered. This had to be a national decision of the Council, upon which a representative or representatives of Wales sat, and they were consulted. I wish that the ship could have visited other Welsh ports, but it was quite impossible. I presume that the hon. Member is happy in that it is visiting Cardiff.

Lord John Hope

As the only certain thing about this expensive boating expedition is that it will irritate a great number of people all over the country, in Scotland and Wales particularly, is it worth going on with it at a cost of £500,000?